By Mrs. Berthy Buah - Country Coordinator GLOBE Ghana
Greater Accra Regional STMIE Coordinator
The world Mosquito Day which is celebrated annually in honouring the scientist who
first discovered that the female Anopheles mosquito transmit malaria in 1987-Sir Ronald Ross is being
used to educate people on the causes effect and prevention of malaria and also used to raise funds
for malaria related researches. In Ghana empirical evidence shows that a lot is been done by donors,
researchers, NGOs, Media groups Public healthcare professionals, and concern Citizens by providing
mosquito nets and creating awareness on malaria prevention basically in children and pregnant
women. In spite of these interventions, it is still a challenge in reducing malaria prevalence in the
GHANA EDUCATION SERVICE with the help of American Embassy-Ghana, log on to a programme called
GLOBE( Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment).The Programme which has its
implementation Office in USA and is being moderated by this Implementation Office and being
sponsored by NASA, NSF, NOA and US Department of States has come up with an App called Mosquito
Habitat Mapper as part of its protocols understudy by students, teachers and citizen scientists across
the globe. The App has an inbuilt GPSS and Data entry site which could store large amount of data
over long period of time. The App runs on android phones and with the help of digital microscope can
help identify species of mosquito larvae which can serve as a good source of information as to which
species of mosquito larvae and which kind of mosquito related diseases can be envisage in a particular
community in the country since mosquito does not causes only malaria.
It has come to a point where we need this type of technology to assist us as a country in our fight
against the spread of mosquito borne diseases and it’s devastating effect on the economy and the citizenry.
. We also have to bear in mind that we are not living in isolation, we belong
to a global community where our actions and inactions have direct and indirect effect
on other countries and there needs to regulate human activities that posses health
dangers to us and other sister communities around us. Since Zika virus which is carried
by mosquito is now becoming a threat to other part of the globe, Ghanaians must
intensify our fight against mosquito breeding so that we do not fall a prey to other forms of mosquito
related diseases. We therefore call on all Non Governmental Organisations, Donors, Citizen Scientist,
UN Department of States In the Country, AGI, Association of Hotels, Governmental Agencies,
Community Leaders, Civil Societies, Faith Based Organisations, Scientists, Research Institutions and
concern Citizens to support GLOBE Ghana to train Students, Teachers, Media groups and Citizen
Scientist in the use of the App to gather data to help fight the eradication of mosquito breeding sites
in the country.
Get trained, Get involved and let’s raise a fight against mosquito breeding in the country. Contact us
on 0244085615 email- firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also register on www.globe.gov as a GLOBE
Citizen Scientist .
Reecent training organised for 13 fresh graduate volunteers for mosquito habitat
mapping using the App.