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All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) visit IVCC – July 2022 22nd July 2022

July 2022

Last week, IVCC was delighted to welcome Catherine West MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases to Liverpool to meet representatives from IVCC and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM).

Accompanied by Ian Byrne, MP for Liverpool West Derby and Jeremey Lefroy, founding member of the APPG on Malaria and NTDs and Board member of both LSTM and IVCC, Catherine heard about the innovative vector control pipeline that IVCC is developing and delivering including a new outdoor biting intervention called Attractive Targeted Sugar Bait (ATSB) and BASF’s Interceptor® G2 bed net, a dual-insecticide bed net with an innovative mode of action currently undergoing trials across sub-Saharan Africa. In a recent study published in the Lancet, Interceptor® G2 was able to demonstrate an overall 44% reduction in malaria incidence in children 6 months to 10 years in a random controlled trial conducted in Tanzania, demonstrating the immediate and significant impact innovative tools can have on malaria in endemic countries, particularly against the most vulnerable groups such as young children.

The group also heard about the Access programmes being led by IVCC, such as the NgenIRS programme and the New Nets Project which are helping bring life saving interventions to market at scale and at pace and which are already saved many thousands of lives.

Catherine and guests also visited the Liverpool Insect Testing Establishment (LITE) which supports the testing of insecticide-based products for commercial partners against insecticide-resistant colonies.  LITE maintains a range of insecticide susceptible and resistant colonies of mosquitoes and provides a range of approaches for insecticide efficacy testing. The guests closed the day with a visit to LSTM’s venom unit which houses the largest and most diverse collection of tropical venomous snakes in the UK and leads pioneering research into a universal anti-venom and improvements in the efficacy, affordability and safety of snakebite treatments.

Image: Photo of visit to IVCC by APPG Chair :  Caption of photo;  Catherine West MP (second from left) and Ian Byrne MP (far right) talking to IVCC and LSTM colleagues at the Liverpool Insect Testing Establishment.
Kigali Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases Summit – June 2022 22nd July 2022

IVCC was privileged to play its part in the Kigali Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases Summit that took place on the fringes of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in June.

Governments, the private sector, and philanthropists pledged to help accelerate the global fight to beat malaria and neglected tropical diseases with commitments totalling more than $4 billion.

These $4 billion commitments come at a time when malaria is rising, driven in part by the growing threat of insecticide resistance which is inhibiting the efficacy of bet nets which, for so long have proven to be the most effective intervention tool, helping to halve malaria deaths since the turn of the century.

New insecticides for bed nets are urgently needed to support best practice insecticide resistance management which will prolong the efficacy of these lifesaving interventions.  In addition, new vector control tools are required to also address the growing threat of outdoor biting.

With the support of philanthropic and government funders and industry partners, IVCC is leading the way in helping to develop and bring to market these innovative vector control tools.

The Summit, hosted by the Rwandan Government, featured keynote speeches from HRH Prince of Wales, His Excellency President Kagame, Melinda French Gates, and World Health Organisation’s Director General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus.

Chief Executive Officer Nick Hamon announces retirement 24th June 2022

After 9 years as IVCC’s Chief Executive Officer, Nick Hamon has decided to retire. Nick will step down from his role once the IVCC Board of Trustees has completed its search for Nick’s successor and an appropriate transition period, if required, is completed.

Under Nick’s guidance and leadership, IVCC has grown from a small team of seven with grant income of $10m from a single funder to a full-service Product Development Partnership (PDP) supported by eight key funders and over 30 full-time staff, covering product development and market shaping projects across sub-Saharan Africa and the Indo-Pacific region, securing over $300 million of grant income to further vector control innovation.

Nick Hamon said: “It has been an honour and a privilege to lead IVCC for the last nine years.  Together with the support of our funding and industry partners, IVCC continues to deliver a portfolio of innovative vector control tools and marketing shaping interventions, which has enabled lifesaving products to be delivered at pace and scale to those that need them most.”

“I would like to thank all of my colleagues at IVCC and our partners and other stakeholders across vector control who have helped IVCC play such a pivotal role in the global battle to eradicate malaria.”

Commenting on his retirement, Board of Trustees Chair, Sir Stephen O’Brien said: “Given Nick’s decision to move to his well-earned retirement, the IVCC Board is very grateful that he has agreed to remain fully at the helm of IVCC until his successor is in place, the global search for whom the IVCC Board is now actively pursuing.”

“There will soon come the right moment to recognise and celebrate Nick’s considerable achievements in full; for now, I highlight that through Nick’s leadership IVCC has become established as a world-leading PDP.  I and all my colleagues on the Board and the IVCC team are immensely grateful to Nick for his skill and relentless commitment to IVCC and all it stands for. On behalf of the whole malaria community, I would like to express my sincere thanks for his leadership of IVCC, which has significantly contributed towards saving thousands of lives, something which, modest as he is, Nick should justifiably be extremely proud of.”

Tech Update Summer 2022 22nd June 2022

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Goodbye Malaria – empowering women in Malaria programmes 22nd June 2022

Goodbye Malaria is an initiative started by African entrepreneurs who believe that today’s generation can create innovative solutions to the continent’s problems and ultimately change the way the world sees Africa. Since the turn of the century, vector control has proven to be one of the most effective strategies for reducing malaria incidence and deaths. Since 2000, more than 80% of the reduction in malaria prevalence in Africa can be attributed to indoor residual spraying (IRS) and insecticide-treated nets (ITNs).

Traditionally, men have been responsible for implementing IRS in sub-Saharan Africa. However, this traditional view is increasingly being challenged as more organisations recognize that women should play a more significant role in conducting and leading spray operations.

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