Episode 2: Participatory Integrated Vector Management

Media 23 Feb 2022

Our guests Charles Mbogo from KEMRI and Hmooda Toto Kafy from the Federal Ministry of Health, Khartoum discuss integrated vector management (IVM) and the role that communities play in this approach to vector control. Highlights from the discussion include:

  • Insights into how IVM strategies have been implemented to in Sudan and Kenya to control a variety of diseases including malaria, dengue and lymphatic filariasis
  • The role of intersectoral collaboration between sectors including health, agriculture, environment, education, and community groups
  • How sustainability can be achieved when community empowerment and capacity building are prioritized, and adequate technical and logistical support is provided

Prof Charles Mbogo I am a Chief Research Scientist and a public health entomologist at the Kenya Medical Research Institute. I have an interest in developing and strengthening research capacity and scientific leadership in Africa and have supervised over 20 research fellows and doctoral students.  I am currently the President of Pan African Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA) where I am involved in supporting the development of a new platform for the capacity building of African entomologists. My research interests include the ecology and behaviour, and transmission dynamics of mosquitoes and other disease vectors, and development of new vector control tools. I have worked on the large-scale evaluation of insecticide-treated bednets, insecticide resistance, and integrated vector management (IVM) strategies especially community-based vector control approaches. 

Dr. Hmooda Toto Kafy, MSc, PhD is a Medical entomologist and Vector control specialist with a BSc in Public and Environmental Health from University of Khartoum 1999, MSc in Biology and Control of Disease Vectors from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine United Kingdom 2008 and a PhD in Medical Entomology from university Sains Malaysia 2019. Research: Impact of Insecticide Resistance in Anopheles arabiensis on effectiveness of malaria vector control in Sudan.Since 2020, 2013 – 2019 headed integrated vector management department, FMoH, 2009 - 2015 Project officer of trial titled (Impact of Insecticide Resistance in Anopheles arabiensis on effectiveness of malaria vector control in Sudan supported by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation). 2009 – 2012 Head of Integrated Vector Management Unit and Deputy Manager of National Malaria Control Programme FMoH, 2004 – 2007 head of Integrated Vector Management Unit- NMCP FMOH, 2001 – 2003 head of Vector Control Unit – NMCP FMOH and 1999 – 2001 Field supervisors, Malaria Control Programme, SMoH –Khartoum state. Since 20th May 2020 Hmooda is a Technical Support Senior Specialist; Country & Regional Support Partner Committee (CRSPC)-RBM Partnership to End Malaria, Home based with significant travel duties. Hmooda during 2000 – 2017 participated in many consultation works with WHO – EMRO and WHO – HQ such as development of vector control guidelines. Hmooda Toto Kafy published 18 papers in the subject of medical entomology and vector control in peer review journals.

This is a podcast in the series: Connecting Citizens to Science, which focuses on health research based on equitable partnerships between researchers and communities.