Expanding the Vector Control Toolbox
Dr Allison Tatarsky, University of California, USA
Dr Sheila Barasa, Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), Kenya
Working Group Secretariat
Dr Konstantina Boutsika, Swiss TPH, Switzerland
Next meeting: TBD
Malaria transmission persists in most endemic regions even after optimal coverage with core vector control interventions has been achieved. This calls for development of innovative vector control approaches that target mosquito populations, and both vector and human behaviors that influence transmission dynamics. Research done over the years shows that outdoor/residual transmission and widespread insecticide resistance undermine efficacy of the core vector control interventions. Therefore, this work stream on “Expanding the Vector Control Tool Box”, primarily focuses on bringing together partners in research and academic institutions, industry, nongovernmental organizations as well as those in the public and private sector. The major aim of this work stream is to provide a robust platform where discussions around innovation, evaluation and scale up of novel vector control approaches beyond core interventions can be heard. In addition, emphasis is placed on the need to contextualize the risk of human exposure to residual transmission and the importance of incorporating anthropological research and human centred design into development, evaluation, and scale up of new vector control tools. In collaboration with various stakeholders including the National Malaria Programs, complementing existing core interventions will remain the key focus area for this work stream with the major outcome being scaling up of the various novel tools in order save lives within the malaria endemic regions.
VCWG work stream structure: Matrix