WHO Global Vector Control Response Finalised
The World Health Organization Global Vector Control Response (GVCR) 2017-2030 provides strategic guidance to countries and development partners for urgent strengthening of vector control to prevent disease and respond to outbreaks. It was developed jointly by the World Health Organization and Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases and underwent a broad consultation process with Member States and the global health community. The GVCR was welcomed by Member States at the Seventieth World Health Assembly in May 2017 and a resolution was adopted.
The strategy aims to reduce the burden and threat of vector-borne diseases through effective locally adapted sustainable vector control. The GVCR calls for increased capacity, improved surveillance, better coordination and integrated section across sectors and diseases. Focus on controlling disease vectors through the built environment is an excellent example of such a multi-sectoral response advocated by the GVCR. Success will depend on the ability of countries to re-align and strengthen their vector control and surveillance programmes with necessary staff and financial resources. National strategic plans need to be revised and country-specific targets defined.
More information can be found on a new thematic vector control website produced by WHO, including a handy short advocacy version of the GVCR.