VecNet is a consortium of institutions assembled to address the need for new strategies to eliminate malaria, which requires an understanding of how interventions affect the transmission of the disease across different geographic areas where the mosquitoes that transmit malaria differ in their behavior.Follow @VecNetNews
Strategies to fight malaria
To achieve the methods of analyzing new strategies and combinations of strategies to control and eventually eliminate malaria, VecNet is curating a Digital Library containing entomological, epidemiological, demographic, intervention and climate data. This database will be used to interpret malaria transmission risks in terms of ecology and vector behavior through a Modeling Platform that contains multiple mathematical models. These models analyze the potential of emerging vector control tools by accessing data from the Digital Library to simulate transmission scenarios for specific geographic areas. The results will inform malaria control specialists on what tools are most effective in their geographic area of interest whilst also identifying areas where present tools are not effective. Such areas can then be prioritized for investments in new tools.
Open access to data and resources
As VecNet is based on a philosophy of transparency and global access, the summarized data and its documentation will be made freely available. These resources - the Digital Library and the Modeling Platform - will inform and assist product developers, public health bodies and funding agencies worldwide in reducing the spread of malaria.
A 3 year-old girl plays under a insecticide treated mosquito net at her home in Kenya.