Vector Control Working Group
Representatives from APMEN’s Country Partners and Partner Institutions convened in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from the 21-24 January 2015 for the annual APMEN Vector Control Working Group (VcWG) meeting.
Over 60 participants attended the meeting, which was co-hosted by the Ministry of Health Malaysia. The meeting focused on key issues impacting on vector control in the Asia Pacific region, such as insecticide resistance (IR), and discussed important strategies and tools for overcoming these challenges, including Integrated Vector Management (IVM) and modelling and mapping programs and software (VecNET and IR Mapper).
A Trade Fair Café Session was held, joined by a number of private sector representatives, to showcase some of the latest industry innovations in vector control. The special session provided the opportunity for meeting participants to learn about new developments and technologies, as well as discuss their countries’ specific needs and challenges.
The meeting agenda featured a half-day study tour to Taman Paroi Jaya, in the Seremban province, where participants witnessed first-hand the community and strategies behind the successful implementation of the Communication for Behavioural Impact (Combi) approach for the management of dengue prevention in the area.
The meeting also coincided with the release of a case study on Malaysia’s elimination programme, which was launched by Malaysia’s Deputy Health Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya, during the VcWG meeting’s opening ceremony dinner. The case study, Progress toward Elimination in Malaysia, was developed by the Ministry of Health Malaysia, the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Global Health Group and the World Health Organization Global Malaria Programme, with the support of APMEN.