Vector Control Working Group (VcWG)

 

Malaria transmission rates and risks can be greatly reduced by vector control, mitigating high malaria incidence and prevalence rates. However despite national and global efforts to control malaria, the disease burden remains high.  Vector control remains the most generally effective measure to prevent malaria transmission. The principal objective of vector control is the reduction of malaria morbidity and mortality by reducing the levels of transmission. Vector control methods vary considerably in their applicability, cost and sustainability of their results.

The need to review the current vector control strategies, interventions and their effectiveness in various operational and eco-epidemiological settings is a key focus for the Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN).   This also includes identifying the challenges for implementation in the different country programs

In order to make recommendations compatible with best practice and the latest research findings, the APMEN Vector Control Working group (VcWG) requires a detailed understanding of what the Country Partners are currently doing. VcWG aims to be able to design indicators for data collection and provide support for operational research that will focus on epidemiological situations where the present interventions are not being effective.

Another aspect that the VcWG deems important is that despite the fact that vector control such as, long lasting insecticidal nets (LLIN) and Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) constitute major components of elimination strategies many malaria programs lack qualified entomologists and or vector control specialists.

Objectives of the VcWG:

  • To advocate for the level of vector control capacity at regional and country level required to attain and maintain malaria elimination.
  • To stimulate and where possible coordinate operational research on questions directly related to intensified malaria control and elimination.

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Vector Working Group links

VcWG Objectives and Governance

VcWG Terms of Reference

2013 Vector Control Working Group Meeting, Bali, Indonesia

2012 Vector Control Working Group Meeting, Incheon, ROK

2011 Vector Control Working Group Meeting, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia