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Feasibility of community-based control of tsetse: A pilot project using Tiny Targets in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Vander Kelen, C, Mpanya, A, Boelaert, M, Miaka, E, Pérez Chacón, D, Pulford, Justin ORCID:, Selby, Richard and Torr, Steve ORCID: (2020) 'Feasibility of community-based control of tsetse: A pilot project using Tiny Targets in the Democratic Republic of Congo'. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, Vol 14, Issue 9, e0008696.

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Gambianse Human African Trypanosomiasis (g-HAT) is a neglected tropical disease caused by trypanosomes transmitted by tsetse flies. 70%Most (>80%) of the cases in 2019 (604/863) occur in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). and Thea national programme for g-HAT to eliminatione HAT in DRC includes athe large-scale deployment of Tiny Targets which attract and kill tsetse. This intervention is directed by vector-control specialists with small teams, moving in canoes, deploying Tiny Targets along riverbanks where tsetse concentrate. While the targets are deployed in communal areas, and the method is cheap and easy-to-use, local people have little involvement. This study aimed to evaluate if a community-led vector control programme was feasible in the context of DRC’s g-HAT elimination programme.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: QX Parasitology > Insects. Other Parasites > QX 505 Diptera
WA Public Health > Preventive Medicine > WA 110 Prevention and control of communicable diseases. Transmission of infectious diseases
WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 395 Health in developing countries
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 705 Trypanosomiasis
Faculty: Department: Biological Sciences > Vector Biology Department
Clinical Sciences & International Health > International Public Health Department
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Depositing User: Rachel Dominguez
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2020 12:41
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2020 11:10


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