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Automated innovative diagnostic, data management and communication tool, for improving malaria vector control in endemic settings.

Vontas, John, Mitsakakis, Konstantinos, Zengerle, Roland, Yewhalaw, Delenasaw, Sikaala, Chadwick Haadezu, Etang, Josiane, Fallani, Matteo, Carman, Bill, Müller, Pie, Chouaïbou, Mouhamadou, Coleman, Marlize and Coleman, Michael ORCID: (2016) 'Automated innovative diagnostic, data management and communication tool, for improving malaria vector control in endemic settings.' in: Maglaveras, Nicos and Gizeli, Electra, (eds) pHealth 2016, 224, IOS Press, pp. 54-60.

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Malaria is a life-threatening disease that caused more than 400,000 deaths in sub-Saharan Africa in 2015. Mass prevention of the disease is best achieved by vector control which heavily relies on the use of insecticides. Monitoring mosquito vector populations is an integral component of control programs and a prerequisite for effective interventions. Several individual methods are used for this task; however, there are obstacles to their uptake, as well as challenges in organizing, interpreting and communicating vector population data. The Horizon 2020 project "DMC-MALVEC" consortium will develop a fully integrated and automated multiplex vector-diagnostic platform (LabDisk) for characterizing mosquito populations in terms of species composition, Plasmodium infections and biochemical insecticide resistance markers. The LabDisk will be interfaced with a Disease Data Management System (DDMS), a custom made data management software which will collate and manage data from routine entomological monitoring activities providing information in a timely fashion based on user needs and in a standardized way. The ResistanceSim, a serious game, a modern ICT platform that uses interactive ways of communicating guidelines and exemplifying good practices of optimal use of interventions in the health sector will also be a key element. The use of the tool will teach operational end users the value of quality data (relevant, timely and accurate) to make informed decisions. The integrated system (LabDisk, DDMS & ResistanceSim) will be evaluated in four malaria endemic countries, representative of the vector control challenges in sub-Saharan Africa, (Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia and Zambia), highly representative of malaria settings with different levels of endemicity and vector control challenges, to support informed decision-making in vector control and disease management.

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Additional Information: escription Smart mobile systems, eHealth and telemedicine, as well as social media and gamification, have all become important enablers for the provision of the next generation of health services. This book presents the proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Wearable, Micro and Nano Technologies for Personalised Health (pHealth 2016), held in Heraklion, Crete, in May 2016. pHealth 2016 brings together experts from medical, technological, political, administrative, legal and social domains with the aim of further emphasizing the integration of biology and medical data, systems and information using mobile technologies. The book includes two keynotes and two specially invited talks as well as 21 oral and 10 poster presentations selected by a rigorous review process (with a rejection rate of more than 30%) from the more than 45 submissions to the conference. The book is divided into two sections. The first covers mHealth, devices, applications and biosensors and the second deals with smart personal health systems, deep learning, interoperability and precision medicine. Subjects covered include the development of micro-, nano-, bio- and smart-systems with an emphasis on personalized health, virtual care, precision medicine, big bio data management and analytics, as well as security, privacy and safety issues.
Subjects: QW Microbiology and Immunology > Immune Responses > QW 700 Infection. Mechanisms of infection and resistance.
QX Parasitology > Insects. Other Parasites > QX 650 Insect vectors
WA Public Health > Preventive Medicine > WA 110 Prevention and control of communicable diseases. Transmission of infectious diseases
WA Public Health > Preventive Medicine > WA 240 Disinfection. Disinfestation. Pesticides (including diseases caused by)
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 765 Prevention and control
Faculty: Department: Biological Sciences > Vector Biology Department
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Depositing User: Carmel Bates
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2016 10:56
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2020 17:11


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