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Title: The Shifting Landscape for Accelerating 'Speed to Market'of Globally Recommended Vector Control Products

Date: Monday, February 27

Time: 1:00pm EST


altSummary: Vector control has traditionally faced a number of operational challenges to include resource limitations, scaling to optimal coverage, distribution costs as well as insecticide resistance. Arguably, the greatest impediment to overcoming these challenges has been the lag time for global health authorities to recommend new products under development. Recent discussions among stakeholders has resulted in reformation of the vector control product evaluation and recommendation process to address 'speed to market', while maintaining confidence in product safety and efficacy. This webinar will present an overview of novel vector control paradigms under evaluation, manner in which these products are currently being reviewed for recommendation and how the latest reformation initiative is expected to benefit field implementation of these and future tools.



• Background -
   o current vector control strategies and challenges
   o traditional WHO vector control product recommendation process
• Novel vector control tools under evaluation -
   o WHO VCAG dossier and data requirements
• Shifting landscape -
   o Partners to reformation
   o I2I and pre-qualification overview
• Expectations -
   o industry incentives
   o streamlining data rigor
   o operational vector control decision-making


Bio sketch:


Nicole L. Achee, PhD, is a Medical Entomologist (Research Associate Professor) within the Department of Biological Sciences and holds a joint Associate Professor appointment in the Eck Institute for Global Health at the University of Notre Dame. She has a combined 20 years of experience in vector behavior research related to the epidemiology and control of arthropod-borne diseases, including evaluation of vector ecology, habitat management and adult control strategies, disease risk modeling using GIS and remote sensing technologies, and evaluation of chemical actions against mosquito vectors under both laboratory and field conditions. She has worked in the international settings of Belize, Indonesia, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, South Korea, Suriname,Tanzania and Thailand. Achee was the principal investigator of a research program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation focused on the development of spatial repellents for use in combination push-pull systems to reduce humanvector contact for dengue prevention. She is currently a Principal Investigator for a multicenter intervention trial to generate evidence of the protective efficacy of spatial repellents for prevention of malaria and dengue human infections for use towards full WHO recommendations.

Achee is a Working Group member for the WHO Pesticide Evaluation Scheme (WHOPES), is a Councilor and the Past-Chair of the American Committee of Medical Entomology (ACME) of the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), a member of the WHO Global Collaboration for the Development of Pesticides for Public Health partnership (GCDPP), a Vector Control Working Group representative of Roll Back Malaria and served as the lead scientist for the WHO Guidelines for Efficacy Testing of Spatial Repellents. Her latest efforts have been serving as partner in the Worldwide Insecticide Resistance Network (WIN) and aCommittee member for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine study: Gene Drives on the Horizon: Advancing Science, Navigating Uncertainty, and Aligning Research with Public Values. Achee co-Directs the Belize Vector and Ecology Center (BVEC) in Belize to serve as a local platform of excellence for research, training and education in public health.


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