Closure of BOVA Network

Closure of BOVA Network website and transfer to the Global Vector Hub

Dear BOVA Network members

As you know, the BOVA Network comes to an end on 31st December 2021. We are very proud of all we have achieved, bringing together vector control experts with practitioners from the built environment to find new ways to control vector-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue.

Through our eight excellent pump priming projects we have gained better understanding of vector-borne transmission in and around the home, developed new tools and interventions, and explored ways to foster a multi-sectoral approach.

Through advocacy, networking, publications, and contributions to guidance documents we have played our part in promoting vector control as a development issue. The case for healthy homes and environments is now undeniable in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the climate emergency we are all facing.

The BOVA Network was always intended as just the start, and we are determined that the momentum generated should not fizzle out. Material from our website will find a new home on the newly established Global Vector Hub (GVH).

The GVH is an exciting new online platform developed by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Arctech Innovations, focusing on control of arthropod disease vectors globally to improve epidemic preparedness and reduce disease outbreaks. The aims of the GVH are to assist in capacity building for vector control globally, establish a community of practice for vector control interventions, and enable stakeholders to make evidence-based decisions. The main audiences of the GVH are public health officials, vector control agents and vector researchers.

You can learn more about the GVH here:
https://globalvectorhub.lshtm.ac.uk/

Thank you all for supporting the BOVA Network. To continue your involvement, we now cordially invite you to sign up to the GVH (https://globalvectorhub.lshtm.ac.uk/register) where you will be kept informed of not only the latest developments regarding vector control through improvements to the built environment, but many other aspects besides. A one-stop location for vector control information and research.

Fiona Shenton (BOVA Network facilitator) and Frederik Seelig (Partnerships Manager GVH)