Spirit Sumba – Spatial Repellent in Malaria ControlPeriod: Nov 2009 - Mar 2014
Fund:Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
In November 2009 ALERTAsia was awarded a US$2 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) to directly support the collaborative research of the Eijkman Institute, Hasanuddin University, and the Eijkman-Oxford Clinical Research Unit in evaluating spatial repellents in malaria control in West Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara. AlertAsia was responsible for grant management, and proudly supported the program in its five years run.
In this project, ALERTAsia collaborated with Eijkman Institute (Malaria I Lab Team) and Faculty of Medicine of Hasanuddin University, Makassar. ALERTAsiawas also responsible for hiring 20 local staff including 3 medical doctors to support the research team activities on the field in Sumba and 1 admin and finance staff.
This research was also supported by SC Johnson US. They provided the mosquito coils as the test material for impact mitigation. The team also received help from expert researchers from University of Bethesda, Dr. John GrieccodanDr. Nicole Achee, and Prof. J. Kevin Baird from EOCRU, Dr. Michael Bangs as consultant on Entomology, and Dr. Claus Boghfrom Sumba Foundation.
The early results from this research brought Eijkman Institute to receive another fund for the next research with a bigger research area.