Celebrating 10 years of solid progress
October 2015 marks 10 years since the first funding contract was signed by IVCC with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).
IVCC was set up to develop new public health insecticides to fight malaria, with the threat of potential insecticide resistance on the horizon. As there has been no new public health insecticide for over 30 years the situation was critical, and the growing evidence since then for rapidly increasing resistance to all currently available insecticides makes the task urgent as well as important.
The lives and health of millions of people are at risk. The role of vector control, and especially insecticide,s in the malaria gains of the past 15 years is remarkable. According to a recent study by leading academics (Bhatt et al Nature.com), insecticide treated bed nets and indoor residual spraying have accounted for 78% of the malaria cases averted over the past 15 years. That's about 500 million cases of malaria averted, a tremendous achievement. We need new resistance-breaking insecticides to continue the success and eventually eradicate malaria.
Over the last 10 years IVCC has worked together with leading agro-chemical companies to develop the new insecticides that will continue the essential work of vector control. With continued funding from BMGF and additional support from UKAID, USAID and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation we're about to see several new compounds enter the final stages of development. Together with our partners throughout the world we are seeking to speed up the time when these new insecticides can be operational saving lives in the field.
To mark the beginnings of IVCC we made this short film (watch it here) as a modest acknowledgment of this major stage in our journey.
It is a thank you for the commitment and vision of our funders, and the skill and dedication of our scientific partners.
Jed is responsible for how IVCC communicates with and is perceived by the world, as well as advocacy for vector control.