Environmental Health and Ecological Sciences thematic group

EHES works on the premise that an improved understanding of environmental determinants of diseases and disease transmission will enable the design of effective interventions relevant to Tanzania and other low/middle income countries. The group will build on deep knowledge and experience in mosquito-borne disease; further develop work in water, sanitation and hygiene-­‐related diseases, and explore new areas of research into neglected tropical infectious diseases, including zoonotic diseases.

The group will focus on three outputs: generate new knowledge for improved understanding of the biology, ecology and transmission of infectious disease; develop new and improved methods for disease control, and develop improved methods of disease surveillance.

Key research assets of the group include:

□ laboratories for molecular identification of disease vectors

□ multiple large screen houses within which we conduct semi-­‐field experiments with live mosquitoes

□ the world’s only self-­‐sustaining colony of malaria vectors

□ several experimental huts specially constructed to enable evaluation of indoor vector control interventions as well as ecological and behavioral studies on disease vectors

□ Well-­‐maintained laboratory colonies of malaria vectors, Anopheles gambiae sensu stricto, Anopheles funestus and Anopheles arabiensis in insectaries in Ifakara and Bagamoyo

□ a viable working relationship with communities in both rural and urban Tanzania, especially in the Kilombero valley and in Dar es Salaam, where we have been conducting mosquito studies for more than a decade

□ A committed professional staff of 14 PhD level scientists working within the group, 12 PhD students, 5 Masters level scientists and at least 20 undergraduate level research officers.

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