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Decisive step towards malaria prevention in Southern Africa
Map of the main mosquito breeding areas in South Africa
14 March

An EU-funded project managed by the REA has managed to identify and map mosquito breeding areas, which are key to the spread of malaria, in South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique. All compiled data are based on very detailed satellite-generated images of regions with suitable environmental conditions (specific water, humidity and temperature levels) for the spread of the disease. The results, fully compliant with the 'user requirements' of the pertinent National Malaria Control Programs (NMCP), have been shared with the health authorities of the countries concerned.

Map of the main mosquito breeding areas in South Africa

Main mosquito breeding areas in South Africa

According to the project reviewer, the outcome is 'significant'. The gathered information is expected to help strengthen malaria control services in the affected areas.

The Malareo pre-operational activities have been supported by almost half a million EUR in EU research funds under the European Earth observation programme Copernicus, previously known as GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security).

Map and findingspdf