THE GOAL OF PROJECT AETRAPP
Allowing the engagement of communities in monitoring populations of Aedes mosquitoes, vectors of zika, dengue, chikungunya, and urban yellow fever in Brazil and other countries affected by the disease. To this end, we are developing a solution that will allow the adaptation of egg traps – a technology already consolidated but restricted to use by health agents – to be used by ordinary citizens.
Aetrapp simulates an ideal environment for the laying of eggs of Aedes mosquitoes. It consists in plastic pots filled with water where a palette of wood is partially submerged, serving as a substrate for the laying of eggs.
Traditionally, the method depends on experts for the identification and counting of eggs. The system AeTrapp will consist in an application for Android and IOS that will allow the volunteers take photos of pallets of sites that they wish to monitor (houses, schools, day care centers, etc.) and send them to a server. Then, a specific software will automatically count the number of eggs present in each sample.
The georeferenced data will be available in real time on an open map, where the community and public agents can view the foci of vectors, make comparisons of the amounts of mosquitoes in different locations, examine historical series and thus draw up precise and urgent strategies for the fight, prioritizing the most critical areas.
Project AeTrapp was one of 10 projects selected for the Ibero-American Laboratory of Citizen Innovation – LabicBr, promoted by the Ibero-America General Secretariat and Brazilian Ministry of Culture and held in Rio de Janeiro in November 2015. Its development started with the support of a team of professionals from various Ibero-American countries and researchers and technicians of the Fiocruz, Rio de Janeiro.
Project AeTrapp also received the Inovapps Award from the Ministry of Communications in 2015, to the development of the application for mobile devices.
Later, we joined WWF-Brazil. We were then one of the ten winners of the Google Global Impact Challenge Brazil 2016 and received support from Oak Foundation.
In November 2016, in partnership with the Nosmove/Fiocruz-RJ, we conducted an extensive field experiment in Manguinhos, in Rio de Janeiro/RJ, to compare the performance of our traps to traditional egg traps. From the results of this experiment, we could improve the initial design of the trap.
In April 2017, a beta version of the Android app developed by a team of the IFSP – Federal Technical Institute – Campus São Carlos – was used in a pilot field test in the municipality of Rio Branco (state of Acre). It was carried out in partnership with the City of Rio Branco, Acre State Government, UFAC, and IFAC, and provided us with a series of learnings related to technology, mobilization and social engagement.
Since then it has been through a series of adjustments, improving the technological components of the project for the realization of a new field pilot.
During this period were also produced educational materials and audiovisual works to facilitate the conscious involvement of the population in the project, as well as assist educators who decide to use AeTrapp as an school activity.
We are carrying out a controlled pilot test between April and June 2018, in partnership with the municipal government and with Incit/UFPE.
After this stage, the application will be open for the use of the whole population!