Section: Bilateral Contracts and Grants with Industry

Contract with IAEA

Anopheles arabiensis is the target of a sterile insect technique (SIT) program in Sudan. Success will depend in part upon reasonable estimates of the adult population in order to plan the sizes of releases. It is difficult to obtain good estimates of adult population sizes for this mosquito because of the low density of the populations and also because the temporal and spatial distribution of Anopheles arabiensis is very dynamic. We have developed a compartmental model capable of predicting the range of adult populations of Anopheles arabiensis in two study sites in the North of Sudan. We have provided a software that is “user friendly” and that is able to give an estimate of the whole male and female population for the two geographical areas. A screenshot of the soft user interface is presented in Figure 3 . This work is done in collaboration with Yves Dumont (AMAP, CIRAD).

Figure 3. Anopheles estimator: screenshot of the soft user interface