Vector Control, Saving Lives

Celebrating 10 years of developing new vector control tools

October 2015 marks 10 years since the first funding contract was signed with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). IVCC was set up to develop new public health insecticides to fight malaria. Insecticide treated bed nets and indoor residual spraying has accounted for 78% of the malaria cases averted over the past 15 years, according to a study by leading academics (Bhatt et al Nature.com). As there has been no new public health insecticide for over 30 years the situation was critical. Over the last 10 years IVCC has worked together with leading agro-chemical companies to develop 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. This film is a modest acknowledgment of this major stage in our journey. And it is a thank you for the commitment and vision of our funders, and the skill and dedication of our scientific partners.