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Housing and malaria

Guest edited by Dr. Lucy Tusting,  Dr. Jo Lines and Dr. Barbary Willey

Improving housing and the built environment is a promising strategy to supplement long‐lasting insecticide-treated nets and indoor residual spraying for malaria control and elimination. An expanding body of evidence indicates that simple modifications that reduce house entry by malaria vectors, such as closing eaves and screening doors and windows, can help protect residents from malaria. However, numerous questions remain unanswered, from the basic science relating to the optimal design of house improvements through to their translation into operational use. This Malaria Journal thematic series on ‘housing and malaria’ collates articles that contribute to the evidence base on approaches for improving housing to reduce domestic malaria transmission.

  1. Research

    Eave tubes for malaria control in Africa: prototyping and evaluation against Anopheles gambiae s.s. and Anopheles arabiensis under semi-field conditions in western Kenya

    Whilst significant progress has been made in the fight against malaria, vector control continues to rely on just two insecticidal methods, i.e., indoor residual spraying and insecticidal bed nets. House improv...

    Janneke Snetselaar, Basilio N. Njiru, Beatrice Gachie, Phillip Owigo, Rob Andriessen, Katey Glunt, Anne J. Osinga, James Mutunga, Marit Farenhorst and Bart G. J. Knols

    Malaria Journal 2017 16:276

    Published on: 4 July 2017

  2. Research

    Eave tubes for malaria control in Africa: initial development and semi-field evaluations in Tanzania

    Presented here are a series of preliminary experiments evaluating “eave tubes”—a technology that combines house screening with a novel method of delivering insecticides for control of malaria mosquitoes.

    Eleanore D. Sternberg, Kija R. Ng’habi, Issa N. Lyimo, Stella T. Kessy, Marit Farenhorst, Matthew B. Thomas, Bart G. J. Knols and Ladslaus L. Mnyone

    Malaria Journal 2016 15:447

    Published on: 1 September 2016

  3. Commentary

    Eave tubes for malaria control in Africa: an introduction

    In spite of massive progress in the control of African malaria since the turn of the century, there is a clear and recognized need for additional tools beyond long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets (LLINs) ...

    Bart G. J. Knols, Marit Farenhorst, Rob Andriessen, Janneke Snetselaar, Remco A. Suer, Anne J. Osinga, Johan M. H. Knols, Johan Deschietere, Kija R. Ng’habi, Issa N. Lyimo, Stella T. Kessy, Valeriana S. Mayagaya, Sergej Sperling, Michael Cordel, Eleanore D. Sternberg, Patrick Hartmann…

    Malaria Journal 2016 15:404

    Published on: 11 August 2016

  4. Commentary

    Building malaria out: improving health in the home

    Malaria prevalence has halved in endemic Africa since 2000, largely driven by the concerted international control effort. To achieve the new global targets for malaria control and elimination by 2030, and to s...

    Lucy S. Tusting, Barbara Willey and Jo Lines

    Malaria Journal 2016 15:320

    Published on: 15 June 2016

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