The world leading independent test center, ARCTEC at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, is working with The Global Health Network, the WHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop an exciting new initiative. The Global Vector Hub is being launched in response to the recent World Health Organization Global Vector Control Response document and is being part-funded by the EU H2020 ZikaPLAN grant.
The Global Vector Hub is an online, open access information resource, network and data-sharing platform. It is designed to support ongoing vector control research, as well as preparedness and rapid responses to vector borne disease outbreaks. This unique website will include valuable resources such as:
An interactive global map with specific vector and epidemiological information including species present, diseases transmitted:
- Country/region-specific, evidence-based recommendations for vector control and links to guidelines
- Open access research tools and training resources on vector research and vector control, including clinical and field trial guides and videos
- Community led guidance for researchers, program leaders and policymakers
- A searchable global listing of vector and disease research labs and field sites
- An online network and discussion forum of vector specialists and industry experts to facilitate vector control
Although the initial focus will be on Zika vectors, the Global Vector Hub will expand to encompass other vectors and diseases to facilitate interactions and collaborations across all vector borne diseases.