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UK firm deploys satellite technology in Kenya’s war on malaria, pollution

A map showing the risk of malaria in Africa and other parts of the world, released by the Malaria Atlas Project in London. PHOTO | REUTERS
A map showing the risk of malaria in Africa and other parts of the world, released by the Malaria Atlas Project in London. PHOTO | REUTERS 

Malaria is a scourge that scientists have tried to tackle over the centuries through ever more innovative techniques. In the latest such battle, satellites are being deployed in Kenya to fight Malaria.

UK-based firm Airbus is using satellite technology to map and monitor the disease and to predict areas that are vulnerable to an outbreak.

The company uses satellite data to pinpoint areas where mosquitos are likely to breed by using a wealth of information that includes temperature, vegetation status, daily weather, urban environment parameters and other geo-climatic indicators.

“Through combination of these parameters we can map the area where mosquitoes mostly can breed, grow and eventually are a potential malaria risk,” says Fabio Domenico Vescovi, an official with Airbus.