Vectors of malaria in Tajikistan

The project is investigating investigating the biology of mosquitoes responsible for malaria transmission in Tajikistan. It is being conducted in collaboration with Tajik scientists of the Institute of Zoology and Parasitology.

Principal aspects of this project are to:
  • oversee the entomological and vector incrimination studies
  • verify the identification of mosquitoes using morphological and molecular methods
  • participate in data analysis and the publication of results

The incidence of malaria in Tajikistan has increased more than 100-fold since 1991. Previously successful mosquito control measures are now failing, which suggests that changes in demography, agricultural practices and human activities has affected mosquito abundance.

The results aim to provide a foundation for evaluating the use of larva-eating fish and natural plant extracts as approaches to malaria control.