Two sand flies
Sand flies in a clear plastic cage bred for research at LSHTM

Welcome to Week 3

This week we will be focusing solely on the vector of visceral leishmaniasis, the sand fly.

Having learnt about the biology of the parasite and the disease it causes, in weeks 1 and 2, this week we will look at:

  • The basic biology and behaviour of the sand fly
  • Ways to detect and confirm which vector transmits visceral leishmaniasis (also known as vector incrimination).
  • Methods used to prevent transmission of VL, by lowering vector numbers and protecting communities and households from sand fly bites.
  • Current challenges often faced in designing and implementing vector control strategies and ways to overcome them, as illustrated by interviews with experts.
  • Emerging challenges in vector control

Remember that each step features a comments area that you may use to share your thoughts and reflections. When you feel happy with the material and ideas covered please ‘Mark the session as complete’ before using the ‘Next’ link to move on. You can check your progress using the ‘Progress’ tab at the top of each page. Thank you.

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Control and Elimination of Visceral Leishmaniasis

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine