Vector-borne diseases in Africa

Over a number of years, Lushomo has worked with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and several health-research partners. The aim was to help these teams share their research with policymakers, communities and other stakeholders.

This project involved extensive interaction with the researchers, including a number of meetings, site visits and a series of regular calls. Together with the researchers, we experimented with new product formats and created many communication products.


Communicating the work of 5 research projects on vector-borne diseases under conditions of climate change.


Over a three-year period, we produced a website, including writing regular news items, information briefs, brochures, presentations, banners, posters, animations and GIFs.


Lushomo produced a great-looking website exploring how to visually communicate links between vector-borne diseases and climate change. “Vectors” lend themselves to graphics, so we animated, sketched, illustrated and in general created a whole wealth of vector-related visuals. We continued to produce web news items and design publications on vbd-environment.org while the project was active.

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Although many countries have managed to eliminate vector-borne diseases, such as malaria, through treated nets and indoor residual spraying, some countries have recently experienced a resurgence of vector-borne diseases, making WHO’s research into vector-borne diseases – and dissemination of its findings – more important than ever. We loved turning our partners' raw data and reports into simple, accessible materials, such as posters and presentations.

We also provided technical advice to the researchers in developing information briefs to share with health and environment ministries.

We met with a range of partners, including those within Ministries of Health and Environment. We also visited those working at the grass-roots, hearing about their challenges and experiences in research communication. Our work for this project took us to Brazzaville, Kenya, Geneva and Johannesburg.”

In person at the project’s Research Uptake Meeting, Tom shared Lushomo’s observations about continued engagement, research uptake and the future of the VBD Environment online platform with the research teams, project partners, country delegates and WHO AFRO representatives.

We continuously maintained the Twitter activity of the @vbd_environment Twitter handle to share news from the research teams. This space was also used to share the informative GIFs and videos that we created in consultation with the research teams.

We also experimented with new products and created a series of gifs.