Neglected tropical diseases

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.

WHO Vector Control Advisory Group emergency meeting deliberates vector control tools

14 March 2016 | Geneva −− A two-day emergency meeting of the Vector Control Advisory Group (VCAG) got underway today to discuss the use of new vector control tools. Experts are reviewing available evidence on proposed vector control tools and identify potential gaps that might limit the roll-out of these methods.

Besides deliberating on existing vector control tools and their potential, discussions will focus on evidence gathered so far on the use of some new tools.