Integrated-Vector-Management

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The optimal approach in vector control is to adopt a strategy of Integrated Vector Management (IVM); an approach which utilizes a range of complementary non-chemical and chemical interventions to achieve the desired goal. It results in the management of vector populations and a reduction or interruption in a vector-borne disease.

History has shown that, in any pest management situation, where there is heavy reliance upon one method of intervention method the effectiveness of that intervention can deteriorate over time as the pest population evolves. For example, insecticide resistance is known to happen when the same method is used repeatedly over time.

IVM takes into account information and resources which may have an impact on vector populations or disease transmission. These resources include health sector infrastructure, public and private sector involvement and engagement at a community level. A selection of proven intervention methods tailored to local vector biology and ecology may are used separately or in combination and may have additive or synergistic effects. The end goal is more efficacious, cost effective, ecologically sound and sustainable vector-borne disease management.

Bayer supports the philosophy of Integrated Vector Management (IVM) and provides a wide range of vector control solutions.