New global vector control response at World Health Assembly

TDR news item
1 June 2017

Delegates at this year’s World Health Assembly came to an agreement on a new approach to vector control. The Global Vector Control Response (GVCR) 2017-2030 aims to prevent epidemics of vector-borne diseases in all countries, reduce the incidence of these diseases by at least 60% and cut mortality rates by at least 75% by 2030.

Dengue prevention research in Uruguay
Dengue prevention research in Uruguay
Credit: WHO/TDR /Sebastian Oliel

Vector-borne diseases are those transmitted by a vector such as a mosquito, tick or fly. They account for more than 17% of all infectious diseases, causing illness, disability, disfigurement and more than 700 000 deaths annually. TDR has been working with the Global Malaria Programme and the Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases to tackle multiple vectors and diseases with more integrated approaches. This include not only the health sector but environment, urban planning, and education as well.

The plan also promotes research to supply the evidence base required for disease control and elimination.

Recommended country actions are grouped under four pillars:

  • Strengthening intersectoral and intra-sectoral action
  • Mobilizing communities
  • Enhancing surveillance and monitoring
  • Scaling up and integrating vector-control interventions

Both the report, and the Assembly-endorsed resolution covering its implementation, emphasize the need for strong country leadership and support, and the importance of ensuring that vector control is a core element of national health strategies and plans to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Jamie Guth
TDR Communications Manager
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