Better planning for tsetse control. Validated RNRRS Output.

Abstract

This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS) programmes.

Summary for Project title: R7987: Message in a Bottle: Disseminating Tsetse Control Technologies and R8459: Tsetse muse: an interactive programme to assess the impact of control operations on tsetse populations.

A user-friendly decision-support tool called 'Tsetse Muse' is now available to help users better plan and budget when using the many different methods of tsetse fly control available. Tsetse flies affect 10 million square kilometres in tropical Africa, where they transmit the trypanosomes that cause sleeping sickness in humans and nagana in livestock. Plus, the flies can easily travel large distances. This means that tsetse controls are very difficult to plan, as they have to be applied over very large areas at once—often in combination. The 'Tsetse Muse' computer programme can help these efforts in a number of ways, and is already being applied in Botswana, Uganda, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Uses include assessing the impact and cost effectiveness of techniques like aerial spraying.

The CD has the following information for this output: Description, Validation, Current Situation, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (10 pp.) taken from the CD.

Citation

AHP15, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 59.

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