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Provision of personal protection in the form of long lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) and introduction of other forms of vector control are having a major role in reducing the malaria burden across many African and Asian countries.
Members of the Malaria Centre are collaborating closely with manufacturing industry and WHO in the development, evaluation and roll out of several brands of LLIN, essential for meeting the enormous demand for nets across the world. Apart from LLINs, indoor residual spraying (IRS), that great malaria control intervention of the first eradication period, is now being deployed across several African countries particularly in areas of high transmission, with support from the President’s Malaria Initiative.
The price of successful control is resistance and to keep ahead it is essential to innovate by bringing insecticides new to public health from the agricultural sector and developing longer lasting formulations so that spray campaigns can be done less often. Members of the Malaria Centre are involved in the development and testing of new insecticides and formulations, spatial repellents and the novel approaches based on combination products in order to overcomer the growing problem of pyrethroid resistance.
Read more about our work in vector control.