2/1/2013 3:30:00 PM

Bayer supports Indian 'Global Biologists Meet'

During the last few days of 2012 Bayer supported the Global Biologists Meet held in Hyderabad, India (26th-28th of December). The event was focused on the present status and future strategies of vector control management in the country.
Among the participants were many national scientists and Public Health professionals representing such institutions as the Indian Council of Medical research, the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, the National Institute of Malaria Research, the Vector Control Research Centre and the National Institute for Communicable Disease.

Prof. P. Nagaraja Rao, and other participants
One of the key issues debated at the meeting was the increasing problem of insecticide resistance and its impact on the IRS (Indoor Residual Spraying) programs. Another major discussion covered LLIN usage as an important part of Integrated Vector Control for improved malaria control in India. The importance of various preventive measures was discussed (for instance, source control, enhanced communication, etc.).
There were various challenges related to the effectiveness of LLINs including the wash frequency of the net and its impact on insecticide efficacy; the practice of drying nets in direct sunlight by some people and the general acceptability of mosquito nets by the end user. It was highlighted that user acceptance is often related to the feel of the fabric (eg. coarseness of net material vs softness of some materials used for the production of bed nets). As a result, local surveys indicate that the mosquito nets distributed in India are commonly used for other purposes.