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News from MESA: 10th Annual Meeting of RBM VCWG

March 5, 2015 - 15:11 -- MESA Alliance

The Roll Back Malaria Vector Control Working Group (RMB VCWG) held its 10th Annual Meeting in Geneva, 28-30 January, 2015. Around 200 participants from endemic countries, research & academia, private sector and multilateral agencies attended the meeting.

In his opening remarks, the Director of WHO Global Malaria Programme, Pedro Alonso, noted the critical role of vector control interventions in the tremendous achievements made in malaria control over the past decade. He, however, emphasized the need to further improve on the coverage of vector control interventions, as the proportion of population protected by at least one vector control method in Africa, stood at just 48% in 2013. Dr Alonso underscored the importance of addressing insecticide resistance, as it currently stood as the major challenge in malaria control globally. In her welcome address, the Executive Director of RBM, Dr Nafo-Traore, enumerated some of the critical challenges facing malaria vector control. She welcomed the continued commitment of partners – noting the unique platform the VCWG presents, as it brings together all major stakeholders in focused deliberations on critical bottlenecks and to help document experiences and lessons.

The first day of the meeting involved presentations on malaria vector control policy updates, as well as on donor strategic perspectives. Partners affirmed the value of RBM partnership in the fight against malaria and noted the remarkable contributions of the RBM VCWG on fundamental topics such as entomological surveillance, resistance monitoring, evaluations of intervention effectiveness, and support to the publication of seminal policy and guidance documents.

During the following 2 days, the latest scientific evidence and innovations in vector control were reviewed through various work stream discussions. These included an electronic database that offers improved tracking of the implementation and operational research on  interventions that are relevant to  malaria elimination (MESA Track); evaluations on the utility of spatial repellents transmission prevention; development of innovative mosquito trapping technologies; research findings on combined deployment of long lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) and indoor residual spraying (IRS); the development of standardized protocols for evaluating the performance of distributed LLINs and; innovative training tools on insecticide resistances. Some critical questions and knowledge gaps identified, includes criteria for effective deployment of new paradigm tools, such as piperonyl butoxide (PBO)-moderated insecticidal nets; clarifying settings/requirement for effective focalized IRS Improving and; improved protocols for monitoring residual malaria transmission.

The RBM VCWG resolved to further enhance technical support to countries, particularly through the RBM sub-regional networks. Priority areas will be to support the development and implementation of national insecticide resistance management plans, strengthen entomological capacity, and support evaluations of national vector control efforts. The VCWG reaffirmed its commitment to work closely with WHO to address critical issues constraining malaria vector control. 

For more information please clik here to check the RBM VCWG website

By: MESA Secretariat & VCWG Secretariat