Integrated Vector Management (IVM) is a rational decision-making process to optimise the use of resources for vector control. The aim of the IVM approach is to contribute to the achievement of the global targets set for vector-borne disease control, by making vector control more efficient, cost effective, ecologically sound and sustainable.
Use of IVM strategies help vector control programmes find and use more local evidence, integrate interventions where appropriate and collaborate within the health sector, and with other sectors, as well as with households and communities.
By reorienting to IVM, vector control programmes will be better able to meet the growing challenges in the control of malaria, dengue and other vector-borne diseases in the face of dwindling public sector human and financial resources.
Although not a new process, global uptake of the IVM concept remains very low, due in part to the requirements for capacity and capability building at central, district and village levels, and also because of the lack of new and innovative tools (or access to current tools and strategies).