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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. Content type: Research

    The emergence of mosquitoes that can avoid indoor-deployed interventions, such as treated bed nets and indoor residual spraying, threatens the mainstay of malaria control in Zambia. Furthermore, the requiremen...

    Authors: Jennifer C. Stevenson, Limonty Simubali, Twig Mudenda, Esther Cardol, Ulrich R. Bernier, Agustin Abad Vazquez, Philip E. Thuma, Douglas E. Norris, Melynda Perry, Daniel L. Kline, Lee W. Cohnstaedt, Pablo Gurman, Sebastian D’hers and Noel M. Elman

    Citation: Malaria Journal 2018 17:437

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  2. Content type: Research

    The widespread emergence of insecticide resistance in African malaria vectors remains one of the main challenges facing control programmes. Electrostatic coating that uses polarity to bind insecticide particle...

    Authors: Welbeck A. Oumbouke, Innocent Z. Tia, Antoine M. G. Barreaux, Alphonsine A. Koffi, Eleanore D. Sternberg, Matthew B. Thomas and Raphael N’Guessan

    Citation: Malaria Journal 2018 17:374

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  3. Content type: Research

    Eave tubes are a type of housing modification that provide a novel way of delivering insecticides to mosquitoes as they attempt to enter the house. The current study reports on a series of semi-field studies a...

    Authors: Antoine M. G. Barreaux, N’Guessan Brou, Alphonsine A. Koffi, Raphaël N’Guessan, Welbeck A. Oumbouke, Innocent Z. Tia and Matthew B. Thomas

    Citation: Malaria Journal 2018 17:306

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  4. Content type: Research

    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: Malaria Journal 2017 16:276

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  5. Content type: Research

    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.

    Authors: 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

    Citation: Malaria Journal 2016 15:447

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  6. Content type: Commentary

    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) ...

    Authors: 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…

    Citation: Malaria Journal 2016 15:404

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  7. Content type: Commentary

    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...

    Authors: Lucy S. Tusting, Barbara Willey and Jo Lines

    Citation: Malaria Journal 2016 15:320

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