Implementation of integrated vector management
Report of the regional meeting, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 27-29 September 2010
In recent years, vector-borne diseases (VBDs) like malaria, dengue, Japanese encephalitis, lymphatic filariasis, kala-azar and chickungunya have emerged as important public health problems in the South-East Asia Region. The common denominator of all these diseases is vectors. Integrated vector management (IVM) is one of the key elements of the revised malaria control strategy in the SEA Region, which was endorsed at the 2007 Regional Committee meeting. IVM strategies use targeted interventions to remove or control vector breeding sites, disrupt vector life cycles and minimize vector– human contact, while minimizing the harmful effects of synthetic insecticides on the ecosystem. There is a need to develop a national policy on the IVM strategy for prevention and control of these diseases. This regional meting reviewed implementation plans for scaling up IVM in the Member States. Recommendations include strengthening capacity for IVM implementation, coordinating and harmonizing training programmes, promotion of intercountry collaboration and sharing of expertise on IVM.