The Boko Project research team recently returned from Ghana where they collected data for the first 5 months of our pilot study.
The good news is that up to the midpoint of our 10 month study, the fans are being used by over 95% of those who have received them. Furthermore, the use of the fans are resulting in greater use of the mosquito bed nets, which are a proven and effective malaria prevention tool.
The midpoint work included installing small solar systems in 30 new homes. Over the
course of several months, GWHN solar expert, Bill Miller helped trained four community members to conduct the solar installations and they are now able to do these installations unsupervised.
Boko Project partner, the Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research (NMIMR), will continue to collect data on the use of the fans and bed nets up until January. Researchers from the Boko Project will return in to Ghana in January to complete the study.
At the end of the study all community households will receive a solar system and a water filter for helping us study the effect of the Boko fans on bed net use. We will be auctioning off the fan/light consoles to determine their value for members of our study community. This information will help us determine next steps in terms of console design and barriers to use.