Climate Change and Tsetse Transmitted Trypanosomiasis

Funding Organization: University Research Board, World Health Organisation, Stellenbosch University, Tsetse Control Division

Brief description of the project:

Trypanosomiasis as a vector borne zoonotic disease continues to be a threat in agriculture production as it affects both man and animals.

One of the successful control methods has been vector control. The changing climate will affect the habitat preferred by the tsetse fly and hence the possibility of the disease disappearing in some areas. The likelihood of the vector moving to previously non infested areas creates a the need to estimate the likely areas and behavior of the fly in infection success especially in the Human African Trypanosomiasis. The project attempts to develop estimating models to predict the behavior of the tsetse fly in a changing climate using data from Hurungwe and Mana Pools in the Zambezi Valley

Research Team Leader: Clement Mangwiro (MSc), 

Other Team Members:

  • Prof G.A. Vale ( SACEMA – University of Stellenbosch)
  • Andrew Chamisa (Tsetse Control Division)
  • David Tsikire (MSc student – UZ)
  • Annita Chihota (MPhil student )