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Framework for rapid assessment and adoption of new vector control tools

Vontas, J.; Moore, S.; Kleinschmidt, I.; Ranson, H.; Lindsay, S.W.; Lengeler, C.; Hamon, N.; McLean, T.; Hemingway, J.


J. Vontas

S. Moore

I. Kleinschmidt

H. Ranson

C. Lengeler

N. Hamon

T. McLean

J. Hemingway


Evidence-informed health policy making is reliant on systematic access to, and appraisal of, the best available research evidence. This review suggests a strategy to improve the speed at which evidence is gathered on new vector control tools (VCTs) using a framework based on measurements of the vectorial capacity of an insect population to transmit disease. We explore links between indicators of VCT efficacy measurable in small-scale experiments that are relevant to entomological and epidemiological parameters measurable only in large-scale proof-of-concept randomised control trials (RCTs). We hypothesise that once RCTs establish links between entomological and epidemiological indicators then rapid evaluation of new products within the same product category may be conducted through smaller scale experiments without repetition of lengthy and expensive RCTs.


Vontas, J., Moore, S., Kleinschmidt, I., Ranson, H., Lindsay, S., Lengeler, C., …Hemingway, J. (2014). Framework for rapid assessment and adoption of new vector control tools. Trends in Parasitology, 30(4), 191-204.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Apr 1, 2014
Deposit Date May 6, 2014
Journal Trends in Parasitology
Print ISSN 1471-4922
Publisher Cell Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 4
Pages 191-204
Keywords Vectorial capacity, Vector control tool, Efficacy, Entomological parameters.