Malaria research in south Ethiopia

Malaria remains one of the leading causes of sickness and death in south Ethiopia. Recent information suggests that malaria now also occurs in the highlands. Demographic changes, poverty, climate instability and change, and drug and insecticide resistance have been the hindrances to the control malaria.

We study malaria transmission in Chano near Arba Minch, and our studies include research on disease occurrence (epidemiology) and description of the mosquitoes (entomology).

We aim to describe risk factors associated with malaria incidence, and to evaluate the clinical and parasitological response to Artemether – Lumefantrine drugs. Using data from the last 10 years, we shall do mathematical and statistical modelling to see how malaria is related to the climate. In the mosquito studies, we shall determine the abundance, species composition, biting rates and resting behaviour of mosquitoes.

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