5. Integrating Vector & Disease Management

Dr. Randall Kramer, of the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Duke Global Health Institute, will discuss policy and economic considerations in efforts to control malaria.

Some definitions, with respect to malaria:  The principal objective of vector control is the reduction of malaria morbidity and mortality by reducing the levels of transmission.  Integrated Vector Management (IVM) uses multiple vector control methods in a compatible manner.   Integrated vector management (IVM) is defined by the World Health Organization as “a rational decision-making process for the optimal use of resources in the management of vector populations, so as to reduce or interrupt transmission of vector-borne diseases…”    Disease management “consists of a group of coherent interventions designed to prevent or manage one or more chronic conditions using a systematic, multidisciplinary approach and potentially employing multiple treatment modalities.”  IVM is thus a form of disease management, specifically targeting vector-borne diseases such as malaria.

In preparation for Dr. Kramer’s lecture, please read the following review: Sachs_Malaney_2002

 

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