Contribute to research in vector borne diseases through the De Vos Vector Borne Diseases Fund

The aim of the ‘de Vos Vector Borne Diseases Fund’ is to gain knowledge about vector borne diseases through research at Wageningen University and Research.

The impact of your donation

Your donation enables the fund to give financial support to scientific research and education into the control of challenging vector borne diseases. Vectors consist of a diverse range of mammals and insects that can transmit a disease to other animals or humans. This financial support is of great importance as little knowledge on this subject is available.

Since 2015 five research projects have been supported covering various aspects of vector borne diseases. Examples are research on flying patterns of mosquitoes in order to develop more efficient mosquito traps and research on increasing the efficiency of anti-malaria measures by taking community-based actions.

About the fund

The De Vos Vector Borne Diseases Fund supports research related to vector borne diseases. These are diseases which are transmitted by a vector, for instance an insect, from one animal to another or to humans. Malaria, which is transmitted by so called Anopheles mosquitoes, is the vector borne disease which causes the most deaths worldwide, especially amongst children under five. The disease costs African societies around 12 billion dollars annually due to, for instance, increased healthcare costs and decreased agricultural productivity. Besides malaria, there are many other vector borne diseases, such as bilharzia and dengue fever. A great deal of research is dedicated to combating the diseases. However, little research is conducted on the vectors themselves. Wageningen University and Research has considerable experience in the area of disease ecology, with a focus on the ecology of vectors and how to control the vectors in the most efficient way. Research supported by the fund can make a significant contribution to preventing the transition of diseases.

Trustees

  • Dhr. C.M. (Clemens) de Vos
  • Prof. dr. ir. M.C.M. (Mart) de Jong - Quantitative Veterinary Epidemiology, Wageningen University
  • Dr. C.J.M. (Sander) Koenraadt - Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University
  • Dr. W.F. (Fred) de Boer - Resource Ecology Group, Wageningen University

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