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Made up of three researchers, the Mobile Malaria Project will travel more than 6,300km across Africa with a specially-modified Land Rover Discovery

22 Mar 2019 | International News : U.K.


Made up of three Oxford University researchers, led by Dr. George Busby, the Mobile Malaria Project will travel more than 6,300km across Namibia, Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya.

Driving a modified Land Rover Discovery, the eight-week expedition will travel through Namibia, Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya
Driving a specially-modified Land Rover Discovery, they will investigate the challenges facing those on the front line of malaria control in Africa - where 90% of the world's cases occur.

Designed and developed by Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations, the Discovery is equipped with a mobile genetic sequencing laboratory that makes full use of the vehicle's 1,137-litre load space.

Not only does it feature a fridge/freezer unit to safely store scientific supplies, there is also a bespoke load space configuration frame system with specially-designed storage equipment cases and an on-board expedition battery.

The exterior comes with bespoke additions too, including a purpose-built dual sun awning, rescue equipment, a winch, sand/mud tracks, expedition roof rack and LED night driving lamps.

These modifications will allow the team to trial portable DNA sequencing technology, in collaboration with African research centres, to better understand how the technology can be used in different locations. This will provide important information about malaria parasite and mosquito populations, including drug and insecticide resistance.

The Land Rover Discovery has a 30-year track record of tackling the most difficult terrain, reaching threatened habitats and vulnerable people across the world. Equipped with the latest all-terrain capability technology, the vehicle will allow the team to travel with confidence - no matter the conditions they face.
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