Bɔkɔ Pilot Study Completed- Encouraging Results!

People of Apese, Ghana- one village where Bɔkɔ Pilot study took place
Villagers & researchers- Apese, Ghana 

The Bɔkɔ Pilot Study was completed in the villages of Apese and Amanfrom, Ghana in January (2016). We are very grateful for to all the participants in this study and to the local people who helped us with solar installations and keeping the project on track. Also special thanks to our team of data collectors from the Noguchi Memorial Institution of Medical Research, our project partners in Ghana.

Since the completion of the study, findings have since been analyzed by our project team lead by researchers from Swiss Tropical Public Health of the University of Switzerland- Basel and Tulane University’s  School of Public Health. Several manuscripts pertaining to our findings (both quantitative and qualitative) were created and submitted this summer for publication.

The findings of our pilot study were very encouraging showing high demand for our solar-powered fan/light consoles that go inside mosquito nets to keep people comfortable at night. We also achieved 99% bed net use rates with our Bɔkɔ fan in place, much higher than the national average in Ghana of around 50% use rates.  However, we have also concluded that a larger study is needed to further validate our results.  We hope to begin a scale-up project study in various parts of Ghana, and perhaps in an Asian country as well, in order to confirm our preliminary findings and expand our research and knowledge with regards to using the Bɔkɔ fan/light as an effective malaria prevention tool.

Please contact to us at info@greenworldhealthnet.org for more information and links to any future study publications.

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