What are the most dangerous cattle
Innovative approach to fighting malaria - at risk from Covid-19?
The malaria mosquito (Anopheles) is Africa's most dangerous animal, because 200 million people are still diagnosed with malaria every year. Thanks to individual preventive measures such as the distribution of mosquito nets, numerous human lives have been saved: the global death rate has fallen by 60% since the turn of the millennium.
However, individual measures are no longer sufficient. Innovative instruments and holistic methods are needed in the fight against the dangerous infectious disease.
I.innovative approach - two birdsin one fell swoop
The previous methods of malaria prevention focused on humans, now cattle are also being added. An integrated approach should succeed in pushing back the malaria pathogen further. The method works like this: cattle are sprayed with an organic insecticide. They act as bait. The mosquitoes that perch on the cows' backs die trying to suckle blood. Thus, the mosquito population is successfully decimated. At the same time, this method has the advantage that other disease carriers such as ticks and tsetse flies, which spread dangerous animal diseases, are also combated. Initial experience with the bio-insecticide is now being gained in field trials.
One Health: Fight diseases holistically
Biovision pursues a holistic approach in its projects, also known as “One Health”. Many dangerous infectious diseases spread through animals before humans are infected. Starting with the animals creates synergies and can save human lives. More on this in the “One Health” info box.
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News update: Danger from Covid-19
Because of the measures to contain the corona pandemic, malaria prevention is currently at risk. According to a model calculation by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), the corona crisis could claim up to 100,000 additional malaria victims. Malaria sufferers do not go to the doctor for fear of the coronavirus. Millions of people in Africa are still threatened by the infectious disease - sustainable prevention is now more important than ever.
Current information from the project countries
Tips for a sustainable life
The aim of the project is to develop and test an innovative method for the sustainable control of disease-transmitting insects. This should lead to fewer cases of illness in humans and animals and thus also increase the productivity of farm animals.
Many dangerous infectious diseases such as malaria, dengue or sleeping sickness spread in animals before humans are infected. The earlier livestock diseases are known, the faster measures can be taken, lives saved and money saved. “One Health” also has multiple benefits in other areas, such as vector control, antibiotic resistance or food safety.
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