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

Fiona C. Shenton*, Adamu Addissie, Graham Alabaster, Dorothy Baziwe, Maria Carrasco Tenezaca, Dingani Chinula, Ebrima Jatta, Musa Jawara, Robert Jones, Jakob Knudsen, Amy R. Krystosik, Robert Mccann, N. Murima, Francis Mutuku, Rachel Laure Nguela, Claudia Nieto Sanchez, Emily Nix, Fredros Okumu, Sarah Ruel-bergeron, Jeroen SpitzenLucy S. Tusting, Anne L. Wilson, Hannah Wood, Julien Zahouli Bi Zahouli, Michael Davies, Steve W. Lindsay

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Abstract

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
Pages (from-to)72-80
Number of pages9
JournalCities & Health
Volume6
Issue number1
Early online date8 Nov 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2022

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