The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced 76 grants of US$100,000 each to pursue ideas for transforming health in developing countries. The grants, under a programme known as Grand Challenges Exploration, support researchers across 16 countries, including nine in Europe and Africa with ideas as diverse as using the power of sunlight to kill malaria-causing mosquito larvae and developing a device that repels mosquitoes without insecticides.
Mr Fredros Okumu of Ifakara Health Institute, a Kenyan based in Tanzania, is one of the winners. His research is within the “Create new tools to accelerate the eradication of malaria” category.
As malaria-transmitting mosquitoes spend a greater part of their lives outside human dwellings than inside, Mr Okumu is looking to fabricate outdoor decoy sites to attract and trap breeding, resting and feeding mosquitoes.
They will then develop a location model to guide optimal placement of the devices, and conduct a village trial to test the efficacy of the decoys in reducing malaria transmission. Read more @ http://www.nation.co.ke/News/africa/-/1066/676456/-/135nm4qz/-/