Axel W. Drescher

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A cross-sectional survey of agricultural areas, combined with routinely monitored mosquito larval information, was conducted in urban Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to investigate how agricultural and geographical features may influence the presence of Anopheles larvae. Data were integrated into a geographical information systems framework, and predictors of the(More)
BACKGROUND Half of the population of Africa will soon live in towns and cities where it can be protected from malaria by controlling aquatic stages of mosquitoes. Rigorous but affordable and scaleable methods for mapping and managing mosquito habitats are required to enable effective larval control in urban Africa. METHODS A simple community-based mapping(More)
Food insecurity is a worrying challenge worldwide, with sub-Sahara Africa most affected. Literature reveals that in developing countries, food insecurity is a largely ‘‘managed process’’, meaning people are active participants in responding to the risks they face in life. This paper focuses on how households cope with food shortages and how these food(More)
Participation of citizens in political, economic or social decisions is increasingly recognized as a precondition to foster sustainable development processes. Since spatial information is often important during planning and decision making, participatory mapping gains in popularity. However, little attention has been paid to the fact that information must(More)
BACKGROUND Malnutrition and intestinal parasitic infections are common among children in Burkina Faso and Nepal. However, specific health-related data in school-aged children in these two countries are scarce. In the frame of a larger multi-stakeholder project entitled "Vegetables go to School: Improving Nutrition through Agricultural Diversification"(More)
“The process of formulating and implementing land policies is not only politically and technically difficult, it can also be costly. However, the costs of not formulating and implementing them are much higher” (Dowall, David & Clark Giles, 1997). Cities do not develop according to planners’ wishes – to the contrary, in the present and past, cities have(More)
Five allotment gardens have been established in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines, by converting idle lots to facilitate the legal access of 55 urban poor families to land for vegetable production. Surveys show that 25 % of the allotment gardeners’ produce is consumed by themselves, 7 % is given away to relatives and friends while 68 % is sold to walk-in(More)
A cross-sectional survey of agricultural areas, combined with routinely monitored mosquito larval information, was conducted in urban Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to investigate how agricultural and geographical features may influence the presence of Anopheles larvae. Data were integrated into a geographical information systems framework, and predictors of the(More)
BACKGROUND Malnutrition is still prevalent worldwide, and its severity, which differs between regions and countries, has led to international organisations proposing its inclusion in the global development framework that will succeed the Millennium Development Goals (post-2015 framework). In Sub-Saharan Africa, malnutrition is particularly severe, among(More)
Author details Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, P.O. Box, CH-4002, Basel, Switzerland. University of Basel, P.O. Box, CH-4003, Basel, Switzerland. Kathmandu University, P.O. Box 625045200 Dhulikhel, Nepal. Institut de Recherches en Sciences de la Santé, P.O. Box 7192, Ouagadougou 03, Burkina Faso. University of Freiburg, Friedrichstr. 39, D-79098(More)
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