Last week, HALI welcomed a few renowned mbu (mosquito) experts to Tanzania. Dr. Rebekah Kading from Colorado State University (CSU), a vector-borne disease specialist with extensive experience in southern Africa and her team from CSU joined HALI and their old friend Dr. Ngege (Brian Bird) for a week-long workshop on mosquito trapping and sampling, species identification, and laboratory techniques (blood meal analysis, etc.).
The team started out in Dar, then headed through Morogoro on the way to Kilombero where our Rift Valley Fever and Brucella (R&B) project field sites are located and where Robert Sumaye has based field vector sites for better understanding the role of mbu in Rift Valley Fever epidemiology.
The workshops are helping 11 HALI team members from Sokoine University of Agriculture and the Ifakara Health Institute refine field and lab skills in the vector-borne disease realm, which will really help move R&B's work forward as we ramp up mbu collection and analytics through the rest of the wet season and into the dry summer months.