M-Tego II: mosquito trap for malaria control

Cedric van de Geer

Cedric developed a more user-friendly, cost-effective and sustainable mosquito trap to help fight malaria in Africa.

Malaria is a major problem in sub-Saharan Africa, causing over 400,000 deaths each year. As pesticide resistance increases, new methods must be developed to reduce malaria transmission. Mosquito trapping combined with bed nets has been shown to be effective. However, a more user-friendly, cost-effective and sustainable mosquito trap is needed to help combat malaria in Africa. The current design of the trap, developed by MSc. Graduate Henry Fairbairn needs to be further refined to make it more effective and easier to use.

The first phase involved analysis of current technologies, trap design, literature and case studies. The second phase involved design and prototyping, while the third phase involved field testing. The fourth and final phase involved a redesign based on the findings of this field testing. Cedric produced a validated roadmap for implementation and scenarios for a sustainable end-of-life for the concept.

The M-tego II is a mosquito trap that uses heat, odour and colour contrast to attract mosquitoes. It has a superior airflow that allows it to catch 3 times more mosquitoes than the BG-Suna trap, which is the benchmark trap in the industry. The M-tego II has been fine-tuned for use in sub-Saharan Africa, in what can only be described as extreme conditions. User interaction is improved, the trap is easier to use and is 2.9 times less expensive than other traps on the market.

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