This paper describes the approaches used to scale up vector control in Malawi, the challenges encountered, the lessons learnt from this experience, and how these lessons have informed vector control efforts. A single intervention-based approach for vector control may have suboptimal impact. Well-coordinated integrated vector management may offer greater benefits. A resistance management plan is essential for effective and sustainable vector control.
Insecticide-treated bed nets (ITNs) are the cornerstone of malaria control in sub-Saharan Africa but their effectiveness may be compromised by the spread of pyrethroid resistance among malaria vectors. The objective of this investigation was to assess the effectiveness of ITNs to prevent malaria in an area of Malawi with moderate pyrethroid resistance.
Author: Bauleni A, Chiphwanya J, Gimnig J, Howell P, Lindblade KA, Mathanga DP, Mwandama D, Mzilahowa T, Shah M, Steinhardt L, Wiegand R, Wong J, Zoya J
Publication date: January 2015
Source: Malaria Journal