Seminar: Agriculture, development and malaria control in sub-Saharan Africa

Date and Time

Monday, December 7, 2015 - 12:45 to 13:45

Event type

Seminar

Location

Upper Meeting Room, LIDC, 36 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD

Speaker

Lucy Tusting

Speaker bio

Lucy Tusting is based within the Department of Disease Control at LSHTM and has research interests in malaria vector control, the social epidemiology of malaria and intersectoral approaches to disease control. Lucy has a first degree from Durham University and an MSc from LSHTM (2010). Her doctorate (2012-2015) has been funded by the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research in Agriculture and Health.

Abstract

While nearly 3 billion people remain at risk of malaria globally, long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs) and indoor residual spraying (IRS) have contributed to a 40% decline in malaria case incidence in sub-Saharan Africa since 2000. New global targets are to reduce case incidence by 90% by 2030, but sustainable methods of control and elimination are needed to maintain this progress. Specifically, we need interventions not vulnerable to drugs and insecticide resistance and that can replace LLINs and IRS once national elimination is achieved. Since malaria is a ‘disease of poverty’, malaria control and socioeconomic development can be mutually supportive. This paper describes field research to understand better the complex relationship between agriculture, poverty and malaria, in order to identify potential routes to leveraging socioeconomic development for malaria control.