Field Notes

  • A Bridge to Success – VL Senegal Completes Its First IRS Campaign under the Project September 11, 2020 Kudos to VL Senegal for completing their first IRS campaign under the PMI VectorLink Project! To implement IRS for 2020, VectorLink Senegal expanded the team, hiring over 10 new fulltime team members in the few months before the campaign. Senegal sprayed… Continue Reading
  • Correcting IRS Legacy Issues in the Copperbelt September 8, 2020 This Fist Bump Friday goes out the VectorLink Zambia team after successfully completing their 2020 capacity building workshop on household preparation. In the course of implementing the 2019 campaign in the Copperbelt, the VectorLink project encountered several challenges; chief among… Continue Reading
  • In the Driver’s Seat August 28, 2020 This week’s Fist Bump Friday goes out to all the drivers on the VL Project. (Please pass this email along to the drivers in your country if they don’t receive this email.) VectorLink’s drivers not only ensure that staff get… Continue Reading
  • For the Love of Mosquitoes August 21, 2020 This week’s Fist Bump Friday goes out to VectorLink Zambia Insectary Technician Justine Nzowa. When COVID-19 cases started rising in Zambia in March 2020, VectorLink Zambia staff were instructed to work from home both at the central level in Lusaka… Continue Reading
  • VL Cote d’Ivoire Launches First-Ever Large-Scale IRS Campaign August 14, 2020 This week’s Fist Bump goes out to the entire VL Cote d’Ivoire team for kicking off the country’s first-ever large-scale IRS campaign. Cote d’Ivoire joined the list of PMI-supported countries in 2018, and IRS was originally expected to take place… Continue Reading
  • VL Ethiopia Overcomes Great Barriers to Deliver IRS August 7, 2020 This week’s Fist Bump Friday goes out to VL Ethiopia as the team overcame extreme challenges during this year’s spray campaign. VL Ethiopia conducts one of the largest campaigns on the project and works in some of the remotest areas… Continue Reading
  • VL Sierra Leone Traning Days July 31, 2020 This week’s Fist Bump goes out to VL Sierra Leone and COP Dr. Evelyn Alyko for successfully completing a 4-day training on entomological monitoring during COVID-19. Dr. Alyko led the training for the new VectorLink insectary staff, and field and… Continue Reading
  • VL Burundi Set with Net Durability Training July 24, 2020 This week’s Fist Bump goes out to VL Burundi for their success in completing VL’s first remote training of trainers (TOT) for ITN durability monitoring. The remote TOT sessions, which were necessary because of COVID-19, provided the NMCP and in-country… Continue Reading
  • VL Liberia Continues Ento Monitoring with the Addition of New Elisa Machine July 17, 2020 This Fist Bump Friday goes out to the VectorLink Liberia who is working to resume laboratory analysis with a brand new ELISA machine. This machine was purchased by the project to support the identification of sporozoites in mosquitoes collected during… Continue Reading
  • VL Uganda’s M&E Team Driven to Deliver the Data July 10, 2020 This week’s Fist Bump goes to the M&E team for VL Uganda. Uganda began Phase 1 of its 2020 IRS campaign on March 3rd with complex challenges. The M&E team was tasked with updating thousands of organizational units in VectorLink… Continue Reading