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Entomology Core



The Entomology Core conducts operational research into the impact of malaria control interventions, Anopheles biting behaviour, extent of insecticide resistance and vector control into neglected tropical diseases such as Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT) or sleeping sickness in Malawi



Key Personnel of Core

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Dr. Themba Mzilahowe (Core Leader)

His research interest is in understanding the biology and ecology of major mosquito vectors with special emphasis on disease interactions focusing on malaria and Lymphatic fialariasis transmission dynamics in highly endemic areas of Malawi. He is a member of the malaria vector control technical working group (TWG), a member of the technical vector control advisory group (TVCAG) and a member of the malaria advisory group of the Malawi Ministry of Health & Population (MoH)

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Dr. Evelyn Olanga

(Postdoctoral research fellow)

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Dr. Elizabeth Bandason (Postdoctoral research fellow)

Core Locations

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Entomology Lab

Our lab has capabilities in microscopy, immuno-assays, molecular assays (conventional and Real-time PCR) and various bioassays.
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Insectary

Our insectary is a unique facility with competencies to carry out infectious membrane feeding experiments, maintain a susceptible strain of Anopheles gambiae Kisumu and manipulate wild caught Anopheles spp
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Experimental Huts

We have three (3) experimental huts in Chikwawa for field evaluation of new insecticides and long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs).
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Core Activities

  • We establish entomological monitoring sites across the country
  • We catch and feed mosquitoes
  • We do capacity building by recruiting postdoctoral research fellows and junior researchers in projects
  • We recruit postdoctoral research fellows and junior researchers
  • We develop key national malaria control strategic documents
  • We engage in investigating the Anopheles behaviours that would render the core malaria vector control interventions less effective
  • We collect data on several entomological indicators that will be used in mathematical models to predict impact of “new” or next generation nets
  • We implement entomological monitoring to support implementation of malaria vector control interventions (LLINs and IRS) in Malawi
  • We develop publications