Dr Anne Wilson

Lecturer in Epidemiology

Dr Anne Wilson is an infectious disease epidemiologist who works on the treatment and control of malaria and other vector borne diseases. Her work to date has been on the theme of Integrated Vector Management (IVM) – the WHO recommended approach to vector control which calls for evidence-based and adaptive use of vector control tools and involvement of multiple sectors to control VBDs. She has authored WHO guidelines on IVM and vector control trial design, and synthesised evidence on vector control interventions.
Anne has a PhD from Durham University and MSc in Public Health in Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has managed operational research projects on malaria diagnosis and treatment in Ghana and Zanzibar. Prior to her MSc, she worked in the pharmaceutical industry on regulatory affairs in emerging markets and clinical trial design.


Anne will be continuing her work on Integrated Vector Management including supporting the development of new vector control tools through conduct of rigorous trials. She is also interested in increasing the role of the non-health sector in vector control, for example agriculture, extractive industries and municipalities. Anne is part of a GCRF-funded inter-disciplinary research network that aims to stimulate research on the role of the built environment in control of vector-borne diseases (www.bovanetwork.org).


Member of Roll Back Malaria Vector Control Working Group
Member of Roll Back Malaria Multisectoral Working Group
Member of ‘Building Out Vector-borne diseases in Africa’ (BOVA) Network Management Board (www.bovanetwork.org)

PhD student

Jean-Baptiste Yaro (Durham University)


Selected publications

  • Jatta E, Jawara M, Bradley J, Kandeh B, Knudsen JB, Wilson AL, Pinder M, Lindsay SW. (2018) How house design affects malaria transmission and indoor climate: an experimental study in rural Gambia. Lancet Planetary Health 2: Pe498-e508

    Wilson AL, Davies M, Lindsay SW. (2018) Revisiting an old idea: engineering against vector-borne diseases in the domestic environment. Transactions of Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. doi: 10.1093/trstmh/try103

    Wilson AL, Bradley J, Kandeh B, Salami K, D’Alessandro U, Pinder M, Lindsay SW. (2018) Is chronic malnutrition associated with an increase in malaria incidence? A cohort study in children aged under 5 years in rural Gambia. Parasites & Vectors 11:451

    Wilson AL, Pinder M, Bradley J, Donnelly MJ, Hamid-Adiamoh M, Jarju LBS, Jawara M, Jeffries D, Kandeh B, Rippon EJ, Salami K, D’Alessandro U, Lindsay SW. (2018) Emergence of knock-down resistance in the Anopheles gambiae complex in the Upper River Region, The Gambia and its relationship with malaria infection in children Malaria Journal. 17:205

    Choi L, Wilson AL. Larviciding to control malaria (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2017, Issue 7. Art. No.: CD012736

    Lindsay SW, Wilson A, Golding N, Scott TW & Takken W. (2017) Improving the built environment in urban areas to control Aedes aegypti-borne diseases. Bull WHO (online first)

    Browne AJ, Guerra CA, Alves RV, da Costa VM, Wilson AL, Pigott DM, Hay SI, Lindsay SW, Golding N, Moyes CL. (2017) The contemporary distribution of Trypanosoma cruzi infection in humans, alternative hosts and vectors. Sci Data. 4:170050.

    Tangena J-A, Thammavong P, Wilson AL, Brey PT & Lindsay SW. (2016). Risk and control of mosquito-borne diseases in southeast Asian rubber plantations. Trends Parasitol 32(5): 402-415.

    Golding N, Wilson AL, Moyes CL, Cano J, Pigott DM, Velayudhan R, Brooker SJ, Smith DL,
    Hay SI, Lindsay SW. Integrating vector control across diseases. BMC Med 13: 249.

    Wilson AL, Boelaert M, Kleinschmidt I, Pinder M, Scott TW, Tusting LS & Lindsay SW. (2015). Evidence-based vector control? Improving the quality of vector control trials. Trends Parasitol S1471-4922 (15)00097-5

    Wilson AL, Chen-Hussey V, Logan JG & Lindsay SW. (2014). Are topical insect repellents effective against malaria in endemic populations? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Malar J 13(1): 446.

    Wilson AL, Dhiman RC, Kitron U, Scott TW, van den Berg H & Lindsay SW. (2014). Benefit of insecticide-treated nets, curtains and screening on vector-borne diseases, excluding malaria: a systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS NTDs 8(10): e3228.

    Cairns M, Roca-Feltrer A, Garske T, Wilson AL, Diallo D, Milligan PJ, Ghani AC, Greenwood BM. (2012) Estimating the potential public health impact of seasonal malaria chemoprevention in African children. Nat Commun. 3:881.

    Wilson AL & IPTc Taskforce. A systematic review and meta-analysis of the efficacy and safety of intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in children (IPTc) (2011) PLoS One. 6(2):e16976

    Policy documents:
    World Health Organization (2017). How to design vector control efficacy trials. Guidance on phase III vector control field trial design.

    World Health Organization (2017) Framework for Vector Control Needs Assessment

    World Health Organization (2017). Boîte à outils pour une gestion vectorielle intégrée en Afrique subsaharienne.

    World Health Organization. (2016) A Toolkit for Integrated Vector Management in sub-Saharan Africa.