Ever since the inception of knowledge-based malaria control more than a century ago, vector control has been the primary strategy for combatting malaria. In recent decades, the focus has been on the use of Insecticide-Treated Nets (ITNs) and Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) of insecticides. In Asia Pacific, much of the transmission occurs outdoors, and such outdoor transmission is a major driver of residual malaria. However, reducing historic emphasis of use of ITN and IRS risks resurgence of malaria due to resumption of high levels of indoor biting, so this has to continue. What is the current level of use of IRS as control tool, and of bed nets, and how are we doing in monitoring continued susceptibility of mosquitoes to insecticides?
- Current status oof ITNs and IRS in India and testing for insecticide susceptibility by Dr. Pradeep Srivastava, former Head of the Division of Entomology & Vector Control, National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) MoHFW, India
- Re-introduction of IRS into the Pacific Islands: background and current status by Dr. Tessa Knox, WHO Advisor to the Vanuatu Ministry of Health on malaria and other vector-borne diseases
- Status of insecticide resistance and monitoring needs in Asia Pacific by Prof. Theeraphap Chareonviriyaphap, Head of the Department of Entomology in the Faculty of Agriculture, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand
Moderated by Dr Leo Braack, Technical Lead (APMEN Vector Control Working Group), Senior Vector Control Specialist, Malaria Consortium, Bangkok, Thailand.