Prisca Oria (KTI): Sustaining Solar-powered Mosquito Trapping Systems for malaria control in Kenya

Organised by Knowledge Technology and Innovation, Philosophy, Strategic Communication

Tue 23 February 2016 12:30 to 13:30

Venue Leeuwenborch, gebouwnummer 201
Room V72

In 2012, proof of principle study was launched to eliminate malaria from Rusinga Island, western Kenya, using solar-powered mosquito trapping systems. The systems, which also provided power for room lighting and charging mobile telephones, were installed in houses. In view of the involvement of individual and collective benefits, as well as individual and collective maintenance solutions, this study examined preferences of project stakeholders towards the systems’ sustainability components to see if and how they related to social dilemma factors.

The results show that respondents largely preferred individual solutions to various aspects of maintenance, and there seemed to be linkages between preferences towards organising various components of sustainability and known hindrances to addressing social dilemmas such as lack of trust, large group size, weak group identity, and limitations in leadership and the impossibility of imposing effective sanctions.