New vector control products ‘critical’
IVCC’s mission to bring new effective products to market will become even more critical in the next 12 to 15 years according to Stakeholder Day keynote speaker Admiral Tim Ziemer. “We’re not going to be able to achieve malaria control, sustainability and eradication without a mechanism like IVCC to facilitate development of the new vector control tools and products needed to continue the fight,’ he said.
Admiral Ziemer, U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator and leader of the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), was speaking at the beginning of the 2014 IVCC Stakeholder Day, with more than 130 vector control stakeholders gathered from across the world. He began his presentation by acknowledging the work of IVCC as a ‘key product development partner in the malaria fight. ‘Product development partners like IVCC have resulted in accelerating new technology development and we’re seeing more promising products in the pipeline than we ever have before for. For an investor that’s an exciting deliverable and expectation’, he said.
‘The potential to provide more value for money in a high risk, high gain and highly technical field by leveraging funding to gain support for continued development of critical commodities to combat a disease of poverty like malaria reflects an effective research investment. We, the United States Government looks at this, IVCC, as an investment opportunity to leverage some of our research money for the future and we’re very pleased to be a partner.’