Dr Sogoba Nafomon from the Malaria Research and Training Centre, Mali has been awarded a TDR research grant to study resistance to the insecticides commonly used for bednets and IRS.
The study will be conducted in 3 ecological settings in Mali, Benin and Nigeria over the next 2 years.
The study will be conducted in 3 ecological settings in Mali, Benin and Nigeria over the next 2 years and will be implemented in collaboration with the countries’ respective national malaria control programmes.
Control of mosquitoes that carry the malaria parasites relies heavily on insecticide-treated nets and indoor residual spraying. However, the threat of mosquito resistance to insecticides remains a major concern, so the study is designed to provide scientific evidence to demonstrate the impact of resistance at the level of malaria control.
The research will be conducted in sites where malaria vector control activities are in place and will use existing proven tools (including molecular markers) to identify resistance mechanisms and their effects on controlling transmission. This study is expected to help improve malaria vector control strategies.
The project was chosen out of 5 multi-country African proposals that were received through TDR’s recent call for grant applications for research on the impact of insecticide resistance mechanisms on malaria control failure in Africa.