Protecting Public Health
Malaria, dengue and other insect-transmitted diseases are some of the biggest human health problems in developing countries –more than one million die annually from malaria alone with the highest incidence of cases in Africa.
More than one million die annually from malaria alone with the highest incidence of cases in Africa.
While products to prevent infection have been around since 1960, they must be continuously changed over time to prevent insects from developing resistance to older chemicals. To stay on top of this challenge, the Innovative Vector Control Consortium, a $51 million product development partnership established seven years ago, is leading the creation of new and improved pesticides to prevent the spread of insect-borne diseases. Effective products such as insecticide-treated bed nets, indoor bug sprays and novel active ingredients are helping to control such diseases and save lives. The consortium, a registered charity, harnesses the expertise of industry and public researchers while coordinating with national and global health authorities.