The 3-year MCD project, started in December 2012, uses an iterative approach to combine the generated scientific knowledge with industrial processes and material sciences.  The work is subdivided in separate but cross-linked Work Packages (WPs). 

Work package 1

Management
WP 1 includes the scientific and technical coordination of the project, consortium management, communication with the Advisory Board, all financial aspects and reporting to the European Commission.

Work package 2

Infectants & Contaminants
WP 2 includes all research and technological developments on effective applications of (bio-) actives for use inside the MCD. Key activities encompass formulation development and evaluations of efficacy and persistence of fungi, juvenile hormone analogues and other insecticides under laboratory and semi-field conditions.

 

Work package 3

Attractive device
WP 3 includes all research and technological developments on the attractive device and effective odour lures. Its activities focus on the design and prototyping of low-cost devices and the development and evaluation of long-lasting passive odour release formulations to attract (malaria) mosquitoes to the device.

Work package 4

Integration of MCD components
WP 4 activities include extensive (semi-) field studies to evaluate and optimise the efficacy of MCD prototypes (from WP2 & 3) under realistic tropical conditions. Through field work in 2 villages near Ifakara, we will obtain important data on local climate conditions and end-user wishes and requirements for a socially acceptable mosquito control device. This information will be used to further develop and optimise the prototypes in WPs 2 and 3.

Work package 5

MCD Demonstration
WP 5 is established to incorporate semi-field and field demonstrations of the best MCD prototype(s) under similar conditions in other African and other malaria-endemic countries.

Work Package 6

Dissemination
WP 6 is devoted to outreach and dissemination activities to promote effective sharing of research findings and to include a multitude of stakeholders for the effective exploitation of the project outcomes (e.g. enabling MCD implementation in malaria interventions). 

Each WP has a WP-leader that supervises work progress and communicates regularly with the project Coordinator (I2C). The work is structured such to ensure efficient development of the separate research components (bio-actives, odours and device design) and a constant feedback and integration of research findings. Via this collaboration, we can integrate the basic scientific research results from state-of-the-art laboratories with components obtained from the semi-field studies in Tanzania and with requirements for industrialization obtained from the SMEs. The outcome of this project, effective MCD prototypes, will be demonstrated in (semi-)field settings in multiple malaria-endemic countries (WP 5). The participating SMEs, particularly I2C and BG aim to pursue the further production and marketing of this novel vector control approach

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