First Interim Steering Committee Meeting on the Global Alliance for the Development and Deployment of Alternatives to DDT for Disease Vector Control

Geneva, Switzerland, from 27 to 29 October 2009

Venue: International environmental House II (MIE II).

In a first step towards establishing global action to develop and deploy alternative products, methods and strategies to DDT for disease vector control, the Interim Steering Committee of the Global Alliance, appointed to guide the process, met from 27th to 29th October 2009 in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Global Alliance for the development and deployment of products, methods and strategies as alternatives to DDT for disease vector control was established by the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention at its fourth meeting in May 2009. The Global Alliance is created to bring together all organizations and stakeholders involved in developing and deploying alternatives to DDT for disease vector control and to enhance their collaboration and effectiveness for achieving agreed goals. While the focus is on introducing alternatives to DDT used for indoor residual spraying, the Global Alliance will also work in coordination with the broader malaria control agenda to support the reduction and control of malaria transmission. Its Interim Steering Committee is composed of 15 members, including representatives from Stockholm Convention Party countries for each regional group, academic and research institutions, inter-governmental organizations, non- governmental organizations, donor countries and the private sector.

Highlights

During the initial deliberations, it was highlighted that some sub-regional activities in disease vector control are not often reported at the global level and could be linked to other ongoing complementary programmes for better output. Information gaps exist on use and misuse of DDT and on the availability of effective alternatives to DDT in disease vector control across disease endemic countries.

The committee developed the key elements of the plan of action for the institution of vital instruments to facilitate effective implementation of activities of the Global Alliance towards achieving its goals.

The committee agreed to launch the Global Alliance at the extraordinary meetings of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions scheduled to be held in February 2010.  

Five Thematic Groups will be established by March 2010 to address the challenges in achieving the goals of the Global Alliance:

  • Malaria vector resistance;
  • Cost effectiveness of alternatives to DDT;
  • Integrated Vector Management (IVM); 
  • Bringing new chemicals and products to market; and
  • Bringing non-chemical products to markets in disease endemic countries.

Working documents

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Proposal for the Establishment of Thematic Groups

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Presentations

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