Neglected tropical diseases

World Health Assembly approves comprehensive global approach against vector-borne diseases

Mosquito larvae ©Boon Hong Seto

02 June 2017 | Geneva −− Vector-borne diseases account for over 17% of all infectious diseases worldwide.

A new approach is needed to tackle their global resurgence and re-emergence.

The Seventieth World Health Assembly has adopted a resolution on a Global Vector Control Response to ensure locally adapted vector control measures, prevent disease emergence and strengthen the ability of countries to respond to outbreaks.

WHO Executive Board requests resolution on a comprehensive approach to global vector control

3 February 2017 | Geneva –– The 140th session of the WHO Executive Board has requested the World Health Assembly for a resolution on a comprehensive approach to global vector control.

It follows a review of a draft Global Vector Control Response (GVCR) 2017–2030 on 28 January.

The GVCR aims to provide strategic guidance to countries to preventing diseases and responding to outbreaks.

Experts lay groundwork for new global response to vector-borne diseases

5 August 2016 | Geneva −− On 3−4 August, WHO held its first meeting to lay the foundation of a new Global Vector Control Response. More than 20 leading vector control experts from Ministries of Health, research institutions, academia and international agencies convened in Geneva.
At least four out of every five people worldwide are at risk of contracting viruses or parasites transmitted by mosquitoes, ticks, fleas and other vectors. Together, vector-borne diseases cause more than 1 million deaths each year. Many who survive are left permanently disabled or disfigured.

Mosquito (vector) control emergency response and preparedness for Zika virus

18 March 2016 | Geneva -- On 14–15 March 2016 the WHO Vector Control Advisory Group (VCAG) reviewed five potential vector control tools and existing tools for use in the context of the response to the Zika virus outbreak, including: (1) mosquito control of human pathogens in adult vectors (Wolbachia); (2) mosquito control through genetic manipulation (OX513A); (3) sterile insect technique; (4) vector traps; and (5) attractive toxic sugar baits.