7/13/2012 9:30:00 AM

Lack of new options for IRS in Vector Control

The current list of products which are WHOPES recommended for Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) provides quite limited scope for effective insecticide resistance management in Vector Control programs. In recent times, one approach which has been proven key in malaria control programs in Sub-Saharan Africa is the rotational use of the carbamate, Ficam® with pyrethroids.

Despite expectations that a longer-lasting organophosphate product (eg. pirimiphos-methyl CS) would be successfully evaluated during the recent 15th WHOPES Working Group Meeting, held in WHO headquarter in Geneva on the 18 – 22 of June 2012, it was not part of the group of products added to the WHOPES recommended list for this year (a status which will remain at least until the next Working Group Meeting).

Given the current importance of Ficam in insecticide resistance management, Bayer remains committed to the ongoing investment in production capacity and regulatory and technical support necessary to maintain this crucial product for the effective control of malaria, Chagas and other vector-borne diseases.