Blood donors and stinky socks

Meet the scientists at 'Mosquito city' who are using unusual and innovative methods to tackle malaria.

Last updated: 13 Aug 2014 07:27
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Would you be willing to let thousands of mosquitoes take a blood-meal from your arm in the name of science?

At the Ifakara Health Institute in Tanzania there are volunteers who do just that.

Research scientist Fredros Okumu shows Al Jazeera's Lifelines: The Quest for Global Health around 'Mosquito City', a research facility in Tanzania's Kilombero Valley that studies how mosquitos have evolved to evade traditional precautions against malaria like bed nets.

From the feeding tents where mosquitoes are bred to the testing station where stinky socks are being used to trick mosquitoes into traps, these health heroes are using innovative and unusual techniques to advance their battle against malaria. 

See more of Okumu and his team in the Lifelines epsiode 'The End Game'.


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is Al Jazeera's new cross-platform project profiling the extraordinary work of global health workers as they tackle eight deadly diseases and conditions that afflict vulnerable communities across the globe. These good news stories stretch from the Philippines to Pakistan, Uganda to South Sudan, India to Senegal, featuring the people who are working to prevent, control or eradicate malaria, rabies, polio, leprosy, schistosomiasis, Guinea worm, river blindness, trachoma and maternal and neonatal mortality. Online, on screen and on the ground in affected communities, we will share their uplifting stories in Lifelines: The Quest For Global Health.
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