Syngenta explores the importance of integrated vector management

Global Communications

In working toward the goal of a malaria-free Africa, it’s important to consider all options to help reduce mosquito populations, from treated nets to full indoor residual (IRS) spraying. An integrated vector management (IVM) approach can help us look at all strategies available and choose the ones that will have the greatest impact while staying within budget. 

Syngenta recently hosted a webinar on IVM to provide insight into the importance of a holistic approach for vector control Including treatment options, waste management, community engagement and more.

Introduction to IVM

Mark Hoppé, public health entomologist, Syngenta
Hoppé discussed how taking a more holistic approach to vector control that controls mosquitoes and physically separates people from vectors is often not only more effective, but also a more efficient and cost-effective solution than full IRS spraying, or LLIN distribution, alone. 

The contributions of Syngenta to IVM
Dr. David Zinyengere, regional training, monitoring and evaluation manager, Syngenta

Dr. Zinyengere spoke on how Syngenta fits into the wider IVM model. He illustrated how Syngenta has adopted advocacy, collaboration, integrated approaches and evidence-based decision making to help build a framework of sustainable vector control. He also highlighted research and development efforts that Syngenta contributes to, including strategies for resistance management. 

Adulticides and larvicides
Dr. Kai Sievert, technical services manager, EAME, Syngenta

Within an IVM approach, it’s important to consider not only adulticides, but also larvicides where appropriate. Dr. Sievert explained the difference between the two types of insecticides and how larvicides can be used during the dry season to help reduce mosquito populations before the rainy season begins.

Waste management
Dr. David Zinyengere, regional training, monitoring and evaluation manager, Syngenta

An effective IVM approach seeks to reduce waste in addition to providing effective vector control. Dr. Zinyengere discussed how Syngenta is working with local and regional teams to ensure production facilities are minimizing waste and that product containers are recycled correctly.

Community engagement
Dr. David Zinyengere, regional training, monitoring and evaluation manager, Syngenta

When it comes to vector control programs from Syngenta, community engagement is key. Dr. Zinyengere emphasized how engaging with communities can help understand their needs and provide education on how to improve quality of life. 

Strategic thinking on malaria control in Africa
Dr. Rose Peter, commercial head of vector control for sub-Saharan Africa, Syngenta

Dr. Peter discussed how strategies like targeted spraying can be used to help optimize integrated residual spraying programs. She also advised keeping an eye on climate change, urbanization and behavioral changes of populations to stay ahead of the spread of malaria.  

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