Eric Ochomo

Eric
Ochomo

Head, Entomology Section
Kenya MEDICAL RESEARCH institute
Area of expertise: Vector-borne diseases
  • National Government

Biography

The Kenya Medical Research Institute was established in 1979 by an act of Parliament as the national body responsible for carrying out health research in Kenya and has 11 research centres spread through the country. The Centre for Global Health Research is located near the city of Kisumu next to Lake Victoria and hosts the entomology section from where this study will be coordinated. The entomology section at CGHR has been instrumental in shaping the global vector control policy as it was hosted the large phase III bed net trial which led to recommendations for increasing bed net use in all malaria endemic countries. Western Kenya is endemic for malaria with malaria parasitaemia between 27 and 50%. This despite continued sustained distribution of bed nets indicating the need for additional vector control methods. House modification holds promise in this area because the style of housing is permissive to mosquitoes. Most houses have open eaves and un screened windows and doors which remain open late into the evening giving mosquitoes sufficient opportunity to get into and out of the households. For this reason I believe house modification will result in declines in mosquitoes coming into the house and consequently reduced malaria transmission. For this reason, we are glad to be part of the network.

Organisation details

Kenya MEDICAL RESEARCH institute