4/27/2012 9:30:00 AM

IRS training - an investment into sustainable malaria prevention

Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) is one of the most effective methods of malaria control when carried out properly. Correct application is a critical factor, which directly influences results.

In order to support the appropriate use and stewardship of its products across Sub-Saharan Africa, Bayer has run a number of on-the-ground IRS training programs for spray teams involved in large scale malaria control operations. By offering “training of trainers”, Bayer has shared its knowledge of insecticide application with National Malaria Control Programs (NMCP), ultimately helping them to develop their own local expertise in a manner which supports more sustainable operations.

IRS training sessions have been conducted by Bayer personnel or experienced Bayer contractors over the course of three or more days.

Bayer tailors IRS training sessions to help meet the specific needs of individual countries and NMCP, however, a typical IRS training agenda consists of the following subjects: malaria (the disease and its control) Bayer’s IRS products and operations, insecticide resistance management and data capture. These sessions also teach participants best practice methods in dosage and application techniques; health, safety and the environment and equipment maintenance. Additionally, IRS training participants receive important instruction on proper spraying techniques and the opportunity to practice these.
As part of quality control, all IRS training sessions begin and end with a written assessment for all participants.

Bayer renews its commitment to NMCP support with these IRS training programs during 2012.