Insecticide resistance threatens malaria control programmes, WHO saysBMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3416 (Published 15 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3416
- Peter Moszynski
Concerned by the emerging threat that resistance to insecticides poses to programmes to control malaria vectors, the World Health Organization this week launched a new global plan for insecticide resistance management.
WHO says, “Vector control is a central, critical component of all malaria control strategies.” Control relies primarily on two interventions: long lasting insecticidal nets and indoor residual spraying. Use of both has increased significantly over the past decade as part of a drive towards universal coverage of all populations at risk, “saving hundreds of thousands of lives.”
WHO is worried that resistance is now becoming widespread: it is now reported in …