April 2017

Supporting education of medical entomologists to end malaria for good

From product stewardship through education programs to local communities, to collaboration with higher education establishments, Bayer is investing in research and in increasing awareness and understanding.

According to the World Health Organization the lack of research support is one of the main challenges in eliminating vector borne disease.

The evidence base to support effective vector control is currently limited and vector surveillance remains weak in many countries. In addition, entomological, epidemiological and intervention data are often researched very independently and without linkage. This lack of clear information and evidence makes the decision-making difficult and slows down the development and introduction of new tools, technologies and approaches.

To this end, Bayer provides sponsorship support to a number of MSc students from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) who are undertaking a lab- or field-based project in tropical public health research. In so doing, Bayer supports the development of entomological expertise which is so much needed in endemic countries.

Some examples of projects from of London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine:

A parasitology lab get-together

Testing the mosquitoes’ sensitivity to DEET

Lydia Banfield, studying the MSc Control of Infectious Diseases embarked on a project entitled: “Aedes aegypti sensitivity to Diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET)*” in North-Eastern Brazil, in the context of a Zika virus outbreak.

*DEET is the most common active ingredient in insect repellent

Katina Somers, studying the MSc Control of Infectious Diseases, embarked on research to develop behavioural change campaigns in the prevention of trachoma.

The project is entitled "Repeat formative research to inform design of behaviour change interventions for 'F' and 'E' of the SAFE* strategy for trachoma elimination during the rainy season in Oromia, Ethiopia".

*SAFE = Surgery, Antibiotic, Facial cleanliness and Environmental clean up

Katina and the field team in Ethiopia

Household observations for the study