Research agenda for preventing mosquito-transmitted diseases through improving the built environment in sub-Saharan Africa

Claudia Nieto Sanchez, Fiona Shenton, Adamu Addissie, Graham Alabaster, Dorothy Baziwe, Maria Carrasco Tenazaca, Dingani Chinula, Ebrima Jatta, Musa Jawara, Robert Jones, Jakob Knudsen, Amy Robyn Krystosik, Robert McCann, Ng'Ang'a Murima, Francis Mutuku, Steve W. Lindsay

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Mosquito-transmitted diseases are a major threat to health in sub-Saharan Africa, but could be reduced through modifications to the built environment. Here we report findings from a major workshop held to identify the research gaps in this area, namely: (1) evidence of the health benefits to changes to the built environment, (2) understanding how mosquitoes enter buildings, (3) novel methods for reducing mosquito-house entry, (4) sustainable approaches for reducing mosquito habitats, (5) case studies of micro-financing for healthy homes and (6) methods for increasing scale-up. Multidisciplinary research is essential to build out mosquito-transmitted diseases, and not build them in.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCities and Health
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)72-80
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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