Research Components

The research study is made up of the following objectives:

Objective 1

To downscale global climate models to the Maasai Steppe and predict current and future localised hotspots of infection

Objective 2a

To use land cover models to describe recent and predict future changes that influence the spatial variation in vector abundance and distribution, incorporate host availability and compare the spatial overlap with the climate models

Objective 2b

To trap tsetse flies on a monthly basis and use molecular techniques to identify species of trypanosome

Objective 3

To identify the opinion leaders and technology adopters in the Maasai community and then work with them to develop an ecohealth partnership on disease control that will reduce the impact of vector borne infections