The Partnership for Increasing the Impact of Vector Control (PIIVeC) consortium: a model to maximise the impact of vector control
Charles Wondji, Roch Dabire, Themba Mzilahowa, Justin Pulford, Imelda Bates, Innocent Valea, Eve Worral, Nfale Sagnon, Edward Thomsen, Phil McCall, Rose Oronje, Hilary Ranson
Vector-borne diseases are pervasive, causing massive morbidity and mortality and severely retarding economic development across the developing world. Many of our current tools are inadequate, outdated, or failing due to insecticide resistance. The evidence base for newer interventions remains weak. Moreover, there is a critical shortage of researchers developing and evaluating innovative new approaches to control these diseases.
The Partnership for Increasing the Impact of Vector Control (PIIVeC) consortium, funded by the Research Councils UK Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), was established in 2017 to address this gap. PIIVeC brought together leading research institutes and national disease control programmes from three African countries with high burdens of vector-borne disease, Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Malawi, to develop evidence-based solutions for integrated vector control. The Partnership has generated new knowledge and tools through translational research activities across several vector-borne diseases to develop and evaluate new control tools and approaches, strengthen research capacity by training over 25 African earlycareer research fellows and investing in the research institutes in which they work. Furthermore, PIIVeC has reinforced links between researchers and policymakers with the establishment of technical vector control advisory groups (TVCAG) in the three countries, and the publication of policy briefs. TVCAGs provide a platform to identify major research gaps, commissioning operational research to respond to implementation challenges encountered by national control programmes with findings translated into policies.
PIIVeC has set a model of collaboration, capacity training, engagement with stakeholders, that should help to maximise the impact of vector control if sustained and replicated across the continent leading to reduced disease burden and increased resilience for responding to outbreaks.