Harnessing Integrated Vector Management for Enhanced Disease Prevention

Trends Parasitol. 2017 Jan;33(1):30-41. doi: 10.1016/j.pt.2016.09.006. Epub 2016 Oct 4.


The increasing global threat of emerging and re-emerging vector-borne diseases (VBDs) poses a serious health problem. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends integrated vector management (IVM) strategy for combating VBD transmission. An IVM approach requires entomological knowledge, technical and infrastructure capacity, and systems facilitating stakeholder collaboration. In sub-Saharan Africa, successful operational IVM experience comes from relatively few countries. This article provides an update on the extent to which IVM is official national policy, the degree of IVM implementation, the level of compliance with WHO guidelines, and concordance in the understanding of IVM, and it assesses the operational impact of IVM. The future outlook encompasses rational and sustainable use of effective vector control tools and inherent improved return for investment for disease vector control.

Keywords: capacity building; integrated vector management; operational impact; stakeholder collaboration; vector borne diseases; vector control.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Africa South of the Sahara
  • Animals
  • Arthropod Vectors / physiology*
  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging / prevention & control*
  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging / transmission*
  • Entomology
  • Health Policy / trends
  • Humans
  • Insect Control / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Insect Control / trends
  • Parasitic Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Parasitic Diseases / transmission*
  • World Health Organization