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Vector control

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.

Co-Chairs
Dr Corine Ngufor      LSHTM/CREC, UK & Benin
Mr Justin McBeath    Envu, United Kingdom
Working Group Secretariat

Dr Konstantina Boutsika       Swiss TPH, Switzerland


Work Streams


The registration of the VCWG-18 meeting in Accra, Ghana is now open

We are very pleased to announce that the registration for the upcoming RBM VCWG-18 annual meeting is now open.

For the registration and more information about the meeting, please visit the events website:

https://www.globalmalariaevents.org/d/gfq3bs/

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Accra in February.


Special Session on Engaging the Private Sector in Vector Control on 18th October 2022

We are looking back to the successful special session of Work Stream 1, Task Team 3 with the topic: Engaging the Private Sector in Vector Control – The Strategies, Experiences, Successes, and Lessons Learned.
We welcomed 296 registrants from 64 countries!

The meeting recordings and presentation slides are uploaded here.


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Rationale

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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