DAR ES SALAAM, Sept. 15 — A leading research institute in Tanzania said on Friday it has introduced a new malaria control technology that can cut malaria mosquitoes by more than 75 percent.
Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) Project Manager Ladislaus Mnyone said the new technology, known as “eave tubes,” is a breakthrough in complementing existing mosquito control methods.
“The technology will also enhance efforts toward malaria elimination,” Mnyone told a conference on malaria control.
He said the technology was developed by the IHI in a four-year project, from 2015 to 2018.
Mnyone said the technology has been piloted in Dar es Salaam at Mbweni area and in Morogoro region at Mikese, adding that both trials showed positive results.
“As part of its evaluation, the technology has so far been rolled out in over 4,800 households in Tanzania and 3,022 households in Ivory Coast,” he said, referring to Cote d’Ivoire.
The eave tube technology has proved very effective against all mosquito species, even the ones that have become difficult to kill using available methods in Cote d’Ivoire, Mnyone said.
“The device involves a net, which is covered with a small amount of powder particles of insecticides, with smells to attract mosquitoes,” he said.
“The device is normally fixed between the roofs and walls, where there is a natural path of mosquitoes to enter in the house,” Mnyone added.