In November 2016, the Malaria Consortium completed a year-long trial evaluating viable alternatives to dengue vector control to inform and improve evidence-based dengue control strategies and government resource allocation.
The Malaria Consortium's approach focused on evaluating the use of guppy fish to eliminate mosquito larvae from key water containers before these larvae become adult mosquitoes with the potential to spread disease. This intervention was assessed as part of an integrated approach, framing this biological vector-control strategy alongside an insecticide-based approach as well as communication tools to improve community behaviour.
The trials were rolled out in rural Cambodia, where more than 80% of the Aedes mosquito breeding is detected in key containers, such as cement tanks and large water containers. Overall, the integrated approach proved to be an effective and natural alternative to chemical sprays and insecticides.
Find out more in Malaria Consortium's video:
"Dengue integrated vector management project: Cambodian communities fight dengue with novel, low-cost solution"
Find out more about Malaria Consortium's work at www.malariaconsortium.org.