The expertise of entomologists is critical for planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating disease vector programs and evidence based health policy and decision making. In Ethiopia, vector borne diseases represent major public health and veterinary problems, and are among the leading cause of sickness and deaths. The Ministry of Health, Regional and local vectors control units require personnel with knowledge and expertise to deal with the different vector borne diseases, operational decision-making, and monitoring, evaluation and surveillance of vector control programmes.
Arba Minch University is situated in an area with a heavy burden of vector borne diseases, and is well suited to serve as a regional centre for training on prevention and control malaria and other vector-borne diseases.
Therefore, in 2014, Arba Minch University established the first Masters programme in Medical Entomology and Vector Control in Ethiopia. More information about the programme is found here.
The students research topics is found here.
Students who complete their master degree are encouraged to publish their work. Here are some of the forthcoming publications:
Getawen SK, Massebo F, Lindtjørn B. House screening intervention reduced indoor exposure to infective bites of malaria vectors in malaria hotspot villages in Arba Minch town, south-western Ethiopia: a randomized trial. 2017. Manuscript (to be submitted).
Abraham M, Massebo F, and Lindtjørn B. Entomological indicators of malaria transmission, and insecticide susceptibility status of Anopheles arabiensis in Sille village, south-west Ethiopia. 2016. Submitted for publication.
Daygena TY, Massebo F, and Lindtjørn B. Variation in species composition and infection rate of Anopheles mosquitoes at different altitudinal transects, and the risk of malaria in the highland of Dirashe Woreda, south Ethiopia. 2016. Submitted for publication.