Seventh annual meeting of the Vector Control Working Group
There was continued progress in malaria vector control over the past year, but the gains are fragile, threatened by increasing insecticide resistance and remaining residual transmission beyond the reach of our traditional control measures of Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) and Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs). One of the most critical challenges is financial. Just at the time when pyrethroid resistance is increasing the immediate costs of control, and when the LLINs deployed by mass campaign over recent years are needing to be replaced, many programs face severe funding constraints and asked to do more with less. The vector control community must adapt its work to address these threats. It is through the diversity and reach of the partnership that solutions will be found.
The 7th annual RBM Vector Control Working Group meeting brought together more than 150 participants from national programs, commercial partners, academia, NGOs, foundations, multi-lateral and bi-lateral organizations to address these technical and programmatic challenges. The VCWG aims to complement the normative and policy-setting role of the WHO Global Malaria Programme (GMP) to build consensus, establish and strengthen partnerships and work towards solutions.