Background document to inform deliberations during the 70th session of the World Health Assembly
by Pedro Alonso, Dirk Engels, John Reeder et al.
World Health Organization, 2017
Most vector-borne diseases can be prevented by vector control, if it is implemented well. Major reductions in the incidence of malaria, onchocerciasis and Chagas disease have been largely due to strong political and financial commitment. This response calls for improved public health entomology (and malacology) capacity and capability, a well-defined national research agenda, better coordination within and between sectors, community involvement in vector control, strengthened monitoring systems and novel interventions with proven effectiveness.