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The purpose of the Vector Control Working Group (VCWG) is to align RBM partners on best practices to reach and maintain universal coverage with effective vector control interventions.

Dr Corine Ngufor      LSHTM/CREC, UK & Benin
Mr Justin McBeath     Bayer, United Kingdom
Working Group Secretariat

Dr Konstantina Boutsika       Swiss TPH, Switzerland

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
FutureLearn link https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/the-resistant-mosquito-staying-ahead-of-the-game-in-the-fight-against-malaria
We recommend you sign up from 25th July onwards. You have three weeks free access window from the date you sign up!

After Monday 15 August please use the Tales link https://tales.nmc.unibas.ch/en/the-resistant-mosquito-43/

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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrsRrWyY184
For questions: konstantina.boutsika@swisstph.ch
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.
Please share this exciting opportunity with your colleagues and networks.

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.

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Vector control has been shown to achieve quick and remarkable reductions in malaria transmission in many eco-epidemiological settings. It remains key to achieving malaria elimination.

The 2021 WHO World Malaria Report illustrated a decline in the gains against malaria; there were 241 million cases and ca. 627 000 deaths in 2020 (an increase from preceding years).  Several factors contributed to this, including, but not limited to; insecticide resistance in vector mosquitoes, limitations around financial support, gaps in the vector control toolbox and challenges for National Programs to meet the needs of entomological monitoring with scarce resources available. There is an urgent need for innovation and new tools to expand the current intervention paradigms and increase opportunities for more cost-effective and sustainable vector control.

The VCWG therefore promotes basic research and development into new tools, and the translation of vector control priorities into operational research, combining the input of its constituent national and international academia/research and private sector development partners. Through increased collaboration with Regional Networks the VCWG ensures that their specific needs are fully considered in deliberations on global malaria strategies.

Within a resource constrained environment, knowledge sharing is key. The diversity of the VCWG membership allows for rich dialogue and mutual learning for the development of more robust and adaptive responses to challenges associated with enhancing the impact of core interventions (ITNs and IRS), expanding the vector control toolbox and implementing the WHO Global Vector Control Response. The VCWG provides a forum where all the partners from country programs, international organisations, academia, the private sector and others, can come together to build consensus on the challenges, gaps and opportunities in vector control. 


Functions of the Working Group

The VCWG has a role to support the implementation of Vector Control Guidance generated by WHO and to galvanise efforts towards achieving specific country and global malaria elimination targets.

The working group does that through the following specific activities:

Convene: VCWG convenes meetings, workshops, and other forums to develop consensus among stakeholders through adaptation and implementation of WHO norms and standards and to share innovations and experiences.

Co-ordinate: VCWG supports and co-ordinates dialogue between national programs, product manufacturers, academia and implementers to understand each other’s needs, find innovative solutions and stimulate appropriate research and development.

Facilitate Communication: VCWG has a very diverse membership, and our annual meetings and Workstream Task Teams provide unique opportunities for connection and networking around specific areas of interest. VCWG also works with other RBM Working Groups and Partner Committees, as appropriate, to provide detailed input on vector control related topics.

RBM VCWG Code of Conduct

For further information, please refer to the VCWG Revised Terms of Reference adopted in April 2018 following the 9th RBM Partnership Board meeting. The governance and management of the group follows the Working Group Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).


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