Protecting migratory farmers in rural Tanzania using eave ribbons treated with the spatial mosquito repellent, transfluthrin

Jan 2020
Johnson K. Swai, Arnold S. Mmbando, Halfan S. Ngowo, Olukayode G. Odufuwa, Marceline F. Finda, Winifrida Mponzi, Anna P. Nyoni, Deogratius Kazimbaya, Alex J. Limwagu, Rukiyah M. Njalambaha, Saidi Abbasi, Sarah J. Moore, Joanna Schellenberg, Lena M. Lorenz & Fredros O. Okumu

Background

Many subsistence farmers in rural southeastern Tanzania regularly relocate to distant farms in river valleys to tend to crops for several weeks or months each year. While there, they live in makeshift semi-open structures, usually far from organized health systems and where insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) do not provide adequate protection. This study evaluated the potential of a recently developed technology, eave ribbons treated with the spatial repellent transfluthrin, for protecting migratory rice farmers in rural southeastern Tanzania against indoor-biting and outdoor-biting mosquitoes.