The eaves of death for malaria mosquitoes
Each year around 200 million people catch malaria. For 600 000 people, mostly children and women in Africa, the disease is fatal. In response, the MCD project has developed three new weapons against malaria-carrying mosquitoes – a special coating that transfers insecticides effectively to mosquitoes landing on it, insecticide-laced 'eave tubes' to direct them to the coating, and a bednet patch.
The researchers behind the MCD project are working to commercialise their innovations - to quickly be able to save lives. The anti-malaria netting developed by MCD has received USD 10.2 million in funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for field tests of the invention in Côte d'Ivoire and Tanzania. The trial is needed to show that the project's 'eave tubes' work to protect households from malaria.