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Massive Open Online Course on The Resistant Mosquito: Staying Ahead of the Game in the Fight against Malaria

Discover how we can keep the upper hand in our fight against the malaria mosquito by managing insecticide resistance development.

Free participation (click on Join with limited access)
Duration: 3 weeks
Starting date: Monday 25 July 2022
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42 steps, mixture of videos, animations, articles, quizzes, discussions, activities. Case studies from Ghana, Tanzania, Zambia, Sri Lanka.
Trailer (2 min 39 sec) on YouTube
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The VCWG, in collaboration with the University of Basel, the Swiss TPH, and many other organisations and institutions, has developed a Massive Open Online Course to help address the challenges of insecticide resistance in the mosquito vectors of disease.
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore the concept of insecticide resistance (IR), and how it develops in a mosquito population
  • Evaluate the impact of insecticide resistance on malaria vector control and the importance of managing it
  • Investigate the principles of applied Insecticide Resistance Management (IRM)
  • Identify IRM as an essential and integral component of vector control activities to reduce the burden of, eliminate, and eventually eradicate malaria

This course is intended for those with any involvement in mosquito vector control as well as students and scholars of Public Health, One Health, Entomology, Epidemiology or Evolutionary Biology. It will also appeal to the general public interested in malaria elimination, vector-borne diseases and mosquito control. It lasts for three weeks with two to three hours of weekly study and is free to access!

The funding for this MOOC was provided by IVCC through a grant from UK Aid. We are extremely grateful for the support of UK Aid and IVCC.
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Thanks a lot for your participation at the 17th annual meeting of the Working Group!

We are looking back to a very successful annual VCWG meeting.

We counted 311 participants over the five virtual sessions (3 March, 10 March, 3 May, 4 May, 5 May) from 48 countries! 

The meeting recordings and presentation slides are uploaded here.

Read the full brief update

This is the first restructure of the Vector Control Working Group in five years!

The decision to restructure the VCWG work streams has been as a result of both a need to revitalize certain activities and after receiving valuable feedback from VCWG members after the last two annual meetings. We have therefore taken the opportunity to capitalize on streamlining of related activities, focus energies on priorities and try to support the delivery of tangible outcomes supporting the needs of the malaria vector control community, completed with a specific Focus Group on Vector Control for Humanitarian Emergencies. Read more

The Working Group will now be based around three primary work streams, within which core themes will be addressed, as shown below under 'VCWG work streams'.

A matrix describing the new work stream structure is here.


Old Structure