Over the years, Dr Ladslaus Mnyone has persistently demonstrated his wish to bring up potential vector control technologies to reality ‘bridging the gap between discovery and implementation’.
He has championed the development of entomopathogenic fungi as greener control tools against mosquitoes and other important disease vectors. He is also involved in exploring the mosquito control potential of endectocides (e.g. Ivermectin) and other novel insecticides. Even more inspiring, Dr. Mnyone was among the team of Tanzanian (in fact, the lead Tanzanian researcher) and foreign researchers, who recently developed a new generation mosquito control technology ‘Eave Tubes’. Among other merits, Eave tubes technology is easy to install, protect the whole family and kill even the mosquitoes that are resistant to conventional insecticide formulations. Subsequent to this exemplary endeavor, Dr. Mnyone became one among the first recipients of HDIF grants with his project titled ‘Eave tubes/bricks for elimination of malaria in peri-urban Tanzania’.
Under the duration of this project (2015 – 2017), Mnyone et al. aim to i) install eave tubes/bricks in 2000 houses within peri-urban Morogoro and Dar es Salaam ii) measure impact and consumer acceptance, iii) establish a network of public and private stakeholders and iv) initiate activities towards local manufacturing of the technology. Undouptfully, Dr. Mnyone’s key ambition as a scientist will continue being ‘conducting high quality and solution oriented research’.