Devising Mobile Apps: Participatory Design for Endemic Diseases Transmitted by the Mosquito Aedes (Dengue, Zika and Chikungunya)

  • Tiago Franklin Rodrigues Lucena
  • Ana Paula Machado Velho
  • Vinicius Durval Dorne
  • Diana Maria Gallicchio Domingues


Dengue, zika and chikungunya are endemic diseases transmitted by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that are affecting different countries in the world. Current efforts to control the mosquito are more effective when combined with the collaboration of population. Efforts to limit the number of cases have not been sufficiently effective and community engagement is essential to control the number of mosquitoes in the environment. This chapter describes the process of development of mobile apps designed to promote health and combat Aedes. The strategy was to engage the community and students from different levels in a city in of Brazil to devise, in a participatory design approach, apps to “fight” Aedes.


Mobile apps Participatory design Community engagement 



Ana P.M. Velho was funded by the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development post-doctorate scholarship project under the supervision of Diana Domingues (CNPq-PQ-1A). In addition, to Ted Krueger for valuable guidance and some refreshing ideas.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tiago Franklin Rodrigues Lucena
    • 1
  • Ana Paula Machado Velho
    • 2
  • Vinicius Durval Dorne
    • 3
  • Diana Maria Gallicchio Domingues
    • 4
  1. 1.Health Promotion Graduate ProgramUniCesumar and ICETI-Cesumar Institute of Science, Technology, and InnovationParanáBrazil
  2. 2.State University of MaringáParanáBrazil
  3. 3.Federal University of UberlandiaMinas GeraisBrazil
  4. 4.Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program, Gama–UnB and Science and Health Technologies Graduate ProgramCeilandiaBrazil

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