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By Pierre Bush, PhD Moderator | 16 Jul, 2017

Dear Colleagues,
Here is another innovation in the malaria fight in Kenya: DRONES AGAINST MALARIA:

Over the past fifteen years, the fight against malaria improved dramatically. Insecticide-treated bed nets and indoor residual spraying resulted in an enormous reduction of the number of children dying of the disease. Unfortunately, it is not enough.
To further reduce the impact of malaria we need more. Tools that can be implemented outdoors, at the source of the problem – stagnant, sunlit water. The cradle of mosquitoes. If we stop them there, at the source, we may stop them for good.
Using drones, we will tackle the mosquito and malaria problem right at the source, starting with large-scale irrigated rice schemes. And use an environmentally sound biological control agent that can be applied in collaboration with the local (rice farming) community. So that they will suffer less from malaria and have more time to work the fields and thus generate bigger harvests.
Less malaria, more food. Simple and novel.

Join us. Your support will contribute to a breakthrough in malaria control!

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Sungano Mharakurwa Moderator Replied at 1:38 PM, 18 Jul 2017

Many thanks Pierre for sharing this interesting advance in malaria interventions. What a solution for even hard-to-access vector breeding and resting sites! Is there any information on cost. Presumably another concern is how to avoid non-target species.

Maimunat Alex-Adeomi Moderator Replied at 3:41 AM, 19 Jul 2017

Thanks for sharing this article Pierre.

The use of drone to promote access to healthcare and services is definitely gaining momentum.

Case in point the Zipline technology in Rwanda that delivers blood products to remote areas.

Ingeborg van Schayk Replied at 7:43 AM, 19 Jul 2017

Many thanks Pierre for sharing the information on the anti-malaria drone project.

I am the director of the Dutch Malaria Foundation and the co-founder of MalariaWorld, the worlds largest free online network for malaria professionals. The Dutch Malaria Foundation supports this anti-malaria drone project and more info is available on the MalariaWorld website

For who wants to know more about this particular anti-malaria drone project, such a costs etc., please contact met at info ad malariaworld.org
Anybody who is professionally interested in malaria, pls feel free to register and join the online malaria community of >9200 malaria professionals in 140 countries

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Pierre Bush, PhD Moderator Replied at 11:37 AM, 19 Jul 2017

Hello Ingeborg,
Thank you very much for your clarification. I actually posted this from the Malaria World newsletter that you sent me. This project sounds great and promising. The best part is that the products sprayed by the drones will only affect the vector larvae for plasmodium. That alleviates the concern for those who might be worried about larvae of other mosquitoes.
Best Regards.

Leonard Mboera Replied at 12:37 AM, 20 Jul 2017

Noted with thanks Ingeborg
Leonard E.G. Mboera, BVM, MSc., PhD, DIC
Chief Research Scientist/Director of Information and Communication
National Institute for Medical Research
3 Barack Obama Drive
11101, P.O.Box 9653,
Dar-es-Salaam, TANZANIA

Craig Conard Replied at 3:46 AM, 20 Jul 2017

Thank you for posting this very interesting article and topic. I think this has some amazing potential.

But we have to stop and think about the cultural implications from this. What will the people think of a flying machine that is spraying something on the crops they tend or eat everyday? If this is to be considered, a lot time and effort must be placed on public education campaigns about the necessity and lack of harm these interventions may have.

Given the increasing resistance to synthetic pyrethroids, this also might be a good time to introduce the use of pyrethrum, an organic pesticide that is derived from chrysanthemums. Rwanda is a major exporter of pyrethrum to the rest of the developed world, and should use this internal resource more frequently.

Dinesh Koirala Replied at 9:14 AM, 20 Jul 2017

Its interesting...Good to know about this

suzana chacuamba Replied at 9:45 AM, 20 Jul 2017

Very interesting

Belayneh Dimah Replied at 11:41 AM, 20 Jul 2017

It is very interesting....Can you estimate the price?

Manuel Lluberas Replied at 12:20 PM, 20 Jul 2017

The use of drones is a good example of using available technology to address an old problem. They could be very useful, but they should not be viewed as simply "flying a toy." As a ceritified Remote Pilot, I can assure you that there are a number of regulations and restrictions goverining the use of un-manned aircraft, not to mentioned aerial spraying. While drones can be very valuable in the surveillance and control of vectors of public health and veterinary importance, they must be used by trained professionals who have been certified by the appropriate authority and have detailed knowledge of their target vector.

Bart Knols Replied at 9:44 AM, 21 Jul 2017

To fly with a drone in Kenya we had to obtain a research permit from the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), and once we had that we needed a permit from the Kenyan Ministry of Defence, and thereafter the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA). So this is not just a simple exercise and as Manuel explains, flying such a drone is done by trained professionals.

As for all the concerns ref what we intend to spray it will be a monomolecular film (polydimethylsiloxane) which is known to work against mosquitoes. It originates from Australia where it was developed to reduce evaporation from water basins. It is thus allowed for use in drinking water and is 100% biodegradable under UV exposure. 'Total impact' is that product with 2% Bti (a Bacillus used for larval mosquito control around the world) added to it.

I hope this helps.

Ahishakiye Alain Replied at 10:12 AM, 21 Jul 2017

Thank you Bart, very interesting

Ahishakiye Alain Replied at 11:14 AM, 21 Jul 2017

This is the previous text and document which talk more about Drones against

OLYMPIA CHERUIYOT Replied at 11:33 AM, 21 Jul 2017

Well received.

NIRMAL GHIMIRE Replied at 7:55 AM, 24 Jul 2017

thanks Bush. but it sounds a bit difficult in many countries like ours.
however seems worthy..

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