rfi

On air
  • RFI English Live
  • RFI French Live
International report
rss itunes

Senegal's Niayes region puts to sleep the tsetse fly

By Emmanuelle Landais

98 percent of Tsetse flies have been eradicated from an infested area in Senegal.

It's a victory other countries on the continent will be keen to replicate although the work is still on-going.

Tsetse flies spread trypanosomiasis or sleepy sickness in humans and cattle and kills more than three million livestock in sub-Saharan Africa every year.

Although Tsetse flies are no bigger than a house fly, they remain a huge obstacle to farming livestock and milk production, impacting the livelihoods of farmers.

Now after more than 10 years, the wild flies have been successfully wiped out in an area of Senegal thanks to the gradual release of sterile males reared in laboratories in Europe and Africa.

Emmanuelle Landais has this report from Dakar.

Click the 'play' button above to listen or subscribe to our podcast by searching 'rfi international report'.

Providing shelter and income for Tunisia's plastic waste pickers

Argentina series part 1: Indigenous people reclaiming their land

Plans to privatise part of Kenya's busiest port: who will benefit?

Award-winning African turtle expert Tomas Diagne talks conservation

Istanbul's mayorial elections mean more than just running the city

Report Mexico Part 4 - Social media challenges for Mexican womens' rights activists