We put vector control on the world’s priority list
The constant engagement of an international community is needed to provide a better life for people against vector-borne diseases. To find ways to further advance lives, particularly for high-risk people groups around the globe, Bayer has tapped into its expertise across human, animal and plant health. Underscoring our commitment, we are signatory to the London Declaration to eradicate, eliminate or control certain neglected tropical diseases by 2020. Together with four leading agricultural companies, we also signed ‘ZERO by 40,’ a declaration that aims to eradicate malaria by 2040 through research, development and supply of innovative vector control solutions. We strongly believe that challenges to public health are best tackled holistically and collaboratively. The vector control community is a complex one but if we work together, we can create a global advocacy network with the power to make a difference in the fight against all vector-borne diseases.
To fight neglected tropical and vector-borne diseases, Bayer experts at Animal Health, Environmental Science and Pharmaceuticals came together in a cross-divisional “Public Health” working group in 2016. The team shares knowledge, following a triple mission: to prevent causes, provide cures and raise awareness through communication. When it comes to public health and infectious diseases, it is not just humans who are at risk, but many vector-borne diseases caused by the bite of insects, fleas or ticks are highly pathogenic for both humans and animals. This is called zoonosis and an often neglected aspect of these diseases. The WHO One-Health approach targets this - as many of the same microbes infect animals and humans, as they share the eco-systems they live in. (See: http://www.who.int/features/qa/one-health/en/)
Fighting neglected, tropic and vector-borne diseases is particularly complex: Diagnosis, treatment, education, prevention and stringent vector control must go hand in hand. With its activities in medicines, vector control and animal health, Bayer therefore has a strong interest in combining expertise. This approach contributes to a strategic fight, supported by all stakeholders.