Participants in the 10th annual Vector Control Working Group meeting on 28-30 January exceeded 200 and engaged in an intensive discussion on emerging technical and political issues, the 2015 work plan, and the future structure of the RBM Partnership.
Insecticide resistance was a core concern and Dr Pedro Alonso, Director of the WHO Global Malaria Programme in his introduction, stated, “This is the greatest current threat to the future of malaria control and to the sustainability of the achievements of recent years.” More than 50 percent of international funding for malaria control is spent on vector control commodities and prevention activities which accounts for the majority of 4.3 million deaths prevented since 2000.
Another major talking point of the meeting was the future shape of the RBM Partnership. The Task Force on Architecture and Governance, currently reviewing the structure and function of the Partnership, includes members of the VCWG and other working groups. Playing an essential role for malaria control in fostering a common vision, the VCWG has been invited to give inputs into this process. This was the first annual meeting of the VCWG funded entirely by participants.
List of Participants
Abraham Mnzava - Vector Control Policy Updates and Priorities
Christen Fornadel - Maintaining Effective Vector Control in Light of Increasing Insecticide Resistance
Egon Weinmueller - Perspectives from Crop Life International Vector Control Team
Florence Fouque - TDR Strategy in Vector Control: Past achievements, on-going projects, future opportunities/challenges
Helen Prytherch - GMAP2: Current Status and Next Steps
Jacob Williams - Meeting Objectives and Agenda
Jo Lines - Achievements and Way Forward for VCWG
Konstantina Boutsika - Membership, Information Exchange and Budget
Mar Velarde - MESA Track
Mike Reddy & Dan Strickman - Supporting Accelerate to Zero: The BMGF Malaria Vector Control Research Agenda
Summary Day 1
Ahmad Raeisi - Demonstrating cost-effective and sustainable larval control methods in an urban setting as an alternative to the use of chemical methods
Henry Owusu - Comparability between insecticide resistance bioassays for mosquito vectors: time to review current methodology?
Karl Malamud-Roam - The IR-4 Public Health Pesticides Inventory – A New Tool for Integrated Vector Control Management
Kevin Kobylinski - Ivermectin mass drug administration to humans as a potential tool for malaria elimination
Melinda Hadi - Insecticide resistance in malaria vectors: latest updates from IR Mapper
Marlize Coleman - Enabling tools to support sustainable vector control
MESTO Sprayers: Professional Indoor Residual Sprayers (IRS) & Vector Control Use
Capacity Building for IRS Work Stream
Continuous LLIN Distribution Systems Work Stream
Durability of LLINs in the Field Work Stream
Entomological Monitoring and IVM Work Stream
Housing and Malaria Work Stream
Larval Source Management Work Stream
Consensus Statement VCWG AMP MIP
Optimizing Evidence for Vector Control Interventions Workstream
Outdoor Residual Malaria Transmission Work Stream