Mosquito Abatement Mali Africa
The past few months of our mosquito abatement project have been exciting! Dick Loomis, our board member leading the project stateside, has prepared a shipping container full of donated supplies to conduct the research on the ground in Mali. Supporters (like you) have been generous in donating funds that are being used to create jobs in Mali as we train employees to conduct mosquito abatement research. Thank you!
Our biggest hurdle right now is getting supplies to Mali. The transportation issues in ports across the country have stopped us in our tracks. Our container is parked in Springville, Utah waiting to be shipped. (If anyone has any contacts that could help us get the container to Mali please let us know!) We are hopeful that we will get it to the researchers at the University of Bamako early next year so they can begin their testing before the rainy season.
To keep our staff educated about the project our new Executive Director, Emily Ashby, took a tour of the Salt Lake Mosquito Abatement District. This facility, as well as the Mosquito Abatement Center in Florida, are the front runners in the country for research, technology, and forward-thinking solutions. Emily was surprised to learn there are hundreds of mosquito species that need to be collected, tested, and studied to understand where and how diseases like malaria and the West Nile are spread.
We will continue to keep you posted on the process of the project and thank you for your continued support!