Adamu Addissie

Preventing vector-borne disease outbreaks in emergent peri-urban settings: a transdisciplinary study on the Integrated Housing Development Programme in Jimma, Ethiopia

Principal investigator

Adamu Addissie

Addis Ababa University, School of Public Health


  1. Koen Peeters

  2. Claudia Nieto

  3. Maya Ronse

Institute of Tropical Medicine - Sint-Rochusstraat 32, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium

4.  Delenasaw Yewhalaw

Jimma University, Tropical and Infectious Diseases Research Center (TIDRC), Ethiopia

5.  Bruno De Meulder

6.  Stefanie Dens

University of Leuven - Kasteelpark Arenberg 1, B-3001 Leuven, Belgium

7.  Patricia Kingori

Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, Richard Doll Building - Old Road Campus - Oxford OX3 7LF, United Kingdom


8.  Umberto d’ Alessandro

Medical Research Councils Unit The Gambia at the LSHTM, Fajara, The Gambia

Lay Summary

Conducting interdisciplinary studies has been suggested as a way to address the impact of human activity in environmental changes affecting malaria and neglected tropical disease (NTD) transmission. This proposal aims to design an intervention in the built environment to reduce exposure to malaria and schistosomiasis vectors in social housing condominiums developed through the Integrated Housing Development Programme (IHDP) in Jimma Town, Ethiopia. Through contributions from the architecture, medical anthropology and entomology fields, we aim to reduce presence of malaria and schistosomiasis vectors in peri-urban areas exposed to environmental conditions associated with malaria and schistosomiasis transmission. This approach has been selected based on the premise that social housing condominiums are being developed in Ethiopian cities following a prototype that dismisses context-specific factors that determine uses of spaces by homeowners and consequently, their potential exposure to vector-borne diseases. In this context, we propose dialogue with local communities as central piece of disease prevention.