Cost-effective and environmentally sound control of vector-borne diseases in southern Caucasus and central Asia

A sub-regional project on demonstrating and scaling up sustainable alternatives to DDT to control vector-borne diseases in southern Caucasus and central Asia was launched at an inception meeting in Tbilisi, Georgia 8 to 11 February 2011.

The project goals are to

  • reduce global reliance on persistent insecticides including DDT without increasing the occurrence and spread of malaria and other vector-borne diseases;
  • promote appropriate vector control management practices by strengthening capacities and capabilities of countries to implement environmentally sound, effective and sustainable vector control alternatives; and
  • to reduce the availability of DDT stocks to the population through safeguarding of relevant stocks.
The project builds on the existing efforts by countries and WHO to implement cost-effective and environmentally sound vector control programmes.

The project is to be implemented in Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan during 2011-2015 with the support of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), the governments of Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, WHO/Europe, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), the Green Cross (GC)  and Milieukontakt International (MKI). Azerbaijan is to submit a similar project proposal to GEF and would join the initiative later in 2011.

The meeting was organized by the GC in collaboration with the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), the GEF, WHO/Europe and MKI. Representatives from the Ministries of Health and the Ministries of Ecology/Environment from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, along with regional and country representatives of WHO, UNEP, MKI and GC, international experts and local partners attended.