Vector Control, Sauver des Vies

Evidence for Vector Control

Don't just take our word for it — check out independent evidence for the effect good Vector Control programmes have on saving lives and improving health.

Academic articles

The use of insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) save children’s lives – about 5.5 lives per thousand using nets. They reduce the incidence of malaria by up to 50% in areas of the highest risk of malaria.


Indoor Residual Spraying programmes have shown impressive success in malaria reduction throughout the world. Depending on location, malaria infections have been reduced from between 30 to 90%


Vector control is a highly cost-effective way to prevent malaria. One person can be protected for one year at a cost of US$2.20 with insecticide-treated nets and US$6.70 with indoor residual spraying.


Vector control can also be effective in protecting people against other insect-borne diseases, such as leishmaniasis.


World Health Organization articles

Insecticide-treated mosquito nets: a WHO position statement


WHO Malaria fact sheet


WHO Global Malaria Programme

“Vector control is a central, critical component of all malaria control strategies”.

Global Plan for Insecticide Resistance Management. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2012, pp 102-108.


WHO Global Malaria Programme:

“The effectiveness of insecticide-treated net interventions in reducing the burden of malaria has been amply demonstrated in a variety of epidemiological settings.”

Insecticide-treated mosquito nets: a WHO position statement. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2007.

Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases, World Health Organization:

“Vector control is an important element of strategies used to control major vector-borne diseases globally, and chemical control remains the most widely used approach.”

Global Insecticide Use for Vector-borne Disease Control: a 10-year assessment (2000-2009). 5th edn. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2011.

 World Health Organization: Vector-borne Diseases.

“The only method to reduce the transmission of dengue virus is to control vector mosquitoes and protect against mosquitoes bites.”

“Prevention and control of leishmaniasis require a combination of strategies including control of sand-flies and their animal hosts (including dogs and cattle), … .”

“Vector control, such as spraying of houses and use of bednets, is the most effective method of preventing Chagas disease in Latin America.”

Fact Sheet No.387. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2014.


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