This project addresses two problems: the overabundance of mosquito breeding sites and a scarcity of viable employment opportunities for Kenyans, especially Kenyan youth.
Due to a lack of waste management and recycling infrastructure, trash disposal in Kenya typically consists of burning waste or dumping it outside. This practice has contributed to the prevalence of the Dengue and Chikungunya viruses, as the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the vector of these and other diseases, reproduces in water that accumulates in discarded trash. To address this problem, a team comprised of scientists in Stanford professor/researcher Dr. Desiree LaBeaud's lab and Kenyan scientists are collaborating to initiate a pilot program to find ways to repurpose discarded trash. This summer, we will be locating and supporting potential entrepreneurs in Likoni, Kenya to instantiate their creative ideas for repurposing trash. This project addresses two problems: the overabundance of mosquito breeding sites and a scarcity of viable employment opportunities for Kenyans, especially Kenyan youth. My role in this project is to assist the research team in developing metrics, collecting data, meeting with community leaders, and implementing the interventions.