The Central Atlantic Ocean Island of Cape Verde has started an innovative Anti-Insrcticde campaign that could herald the end of the malaria scourge in sub Sahara Africa.
DW reports that the country, also known as the Republic of Cabo Verde, located approximately 600 kilometres from the West African mainland, teed off the ground-breaking project involving a new coat of insecticide-containing paint for 300 houses on Monday. Among others, the paint is acapable of also killing mosquitoes, thereby halting the spread of the deadly malaria disease.
Organizers of the social action project which began on Monday recruited 20 young volunteers from vulnerable neighborhoods, to paint selected houses in Várzea and Tira Chapéu, western suburbs of Praia, the country’s capital city.
“It has been very satisfying, especially learning about mosquitoes. We are learning a little bit about painting as well as how to fight diseases caused by mosquitoes, which have seriously affected the whole world. Mosquitoes have killed many people. I think this is an opportunity for our community to develop,” Cledir de Pina, one of the volunteers volunteered.
Adjudged by observers to be more effective than the use of regular insecticide spray, the insecticide-containing paint, created by Spanish researchers, is capable of killing mosquitoes over a 24-month duration.
The social action project, code named, TINTAEDES, which cost about €47,000, will also be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the paint in eradicating mosquitoes, vectors of the malaria parasite. However, much of the money will be deoyed to cover training of volunteers and transportation.
Tintaedes is coordinated by the Jean Piaget University of Cape Verde with the support of the National Institute of Public Health, INSP. It is financed by the Government of the Canary Islands, through the Fundación Canaria para el Control de las Enfermedades Tropicales, FUNCCET, developed in conjunction with the Black Panthers Association, the United Association for the Development of Tira Chapéu, the paint company SITA SA and the Praia Health Department, in partnership with the insecticidal paint company INEFLY.