Disruptive Technology for Vector Control: the Innovative Vector Control Consortium and the US Military Join Forces to Explore Transformative Insecticide Application Technology for Mosquito Control Programmes
Armed Forces Pest Management Board (AFPMB) Silver Spring United States
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Malaria vector control technology has remained largely static for decades and there is a pressing need for innovative control tools and methodology to radically improve the quality and efficiency of current vector control practices. This report summarizes a workshop jointly organized by the Innovative Vector Control Consortium IVCC and the Armed Forces Pest Management Board AFPMB focused on public health pesticide application technology. Three main topics were discussed the limitations with current tools and techniques used for indoor residual spraying IRS, technology innovation to improve efficacy of IRS programmes, and truly disruptive application technology beyond IRS. The group identified several opportunities to improve application technology to include insuring all IRS programmes are using constant flow valves and erosion resistant tips introducing compression sprayer improvements that help minimize pesticide waste and human error and moving beyond IRS by embracing the potential for new larval source management techniques and next generation technology such as unmanned smart spray systems. The meeting served to lay the foundation for broader collaboration between the IVCC and AFPMB and partners in industry, the World Health Organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and others.