Vector Control, Saving Lives

IVCC is delighted to announce the appointment of Chris Larkin as Head of Communications and External Relations.  Prior to joining IVCC, Chris was Director of Communications at The University of Salford and preceding this, held senior communication positions at Marks & Spencer, Nationwide Building Society and WPP’s public relations arm, Hill + Knowlton Strategies.   

IVCC is to receive new funding of £25million from UKAID for its work developing new anti-malarial insecticides. The announcement was made by the Secretary of State for International Development, The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, at the launch of the WHO World Malaria Report 2016 in London.

Despite growing mosquito resistance to insecticides, vector control remains the main way of preventing and reducing malaria transmission, says the WHO in its recently released World Malaria Report 2016.

'Long-lasting insecticidal nets are the mainstay of malaria prevention', said Secretary General, Margaret Chan, adding that the WHO recommends their use for all people at risk of malaria. 'Across sub-Saharan Africa, the proportion of people sleeping under treated nets has nearly doubled over the last 5 years', she said. 

Malaria rates halved throughout sub-Saharan Africa in the years between 2000 and 2015 as a consequence of greatly improved malaria interventions.

These impressive gains reflect a change of emphasis to make vector control a priority in malaria control programmes. Widespread distribution of insecticide-treated bednets made the biggest contribution, together with indoor residual spraying with insecticides through a coordinated control programme in 15 malaria endemic countries. Together these vector control interventions accounted for 78% of the gains.

The critical situation we are now facing with insecticide resistance in Africa is a direct consequence of underinvestment in public health insecticides. This bold statement by Professor Hilary Ransom of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine at the European Congress on Tropical Medicine and Health in Basel underlined her argument that we need urgently new insecticides if the amazing gains in malaria reduction are to be continued.

Keeping people healthy and creating prosperous communities is not only ethically sound, but also makes good business sense, said Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Chairman of the IVCC Board of Trustees, addressing nearly 500 company leaders and executives at the Third Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit.

Keeping people healthy and creating prosperous communities is not only ethically sound, but also makes good business sense, said Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Chairman of the IVCC Board of Trustees, addressing nearly 500 company leaders and executives at the Third Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit.

IVCC is to lead a consortium of partners on a ground-breaking project funded by Unitaid and the Global Fund to bring to market new versions of insecticide-treated bed nets to fight malaria-carrying mosquitoes that have become resistant to older insecticides. It is hoped that the nets will provide a stronger line of defence against malaria for millions of people.

The New Nets Project, signed in Geneva yesterday will pilot long-lasting insecticidal bed nets treated with new insecticide combinations in sub-Saharan African countries hardest hit by malaria.

All prisons in Ghana targeted for IRS spraying

All prisons in Ghana targeted for IRS spraying

March - April 2018

March - April 2018

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