Field Notes

  • When the going gets tough, the tough get going! June 4, 2021 This week’s Fist Bump goes out to the entire VL Ethiopia team because they are beyond tough. VL Ethiopia has shown courage, dedication, and resilience in completing the first two phases of their 2021 IRS campaign in areas that have… Continue Reading
  • PMI VectorLink Gets Vaccinated! May 21, 2021 Côte d'Ivoire Côte d'Ivoire has received 500,000 doses of the lifesaving AstraZeneca vaccine, making it the second African country in a week after Ghana to benefit from the first shipments of shots from the UN-backed global COVAX initiative. Dissuaded by… Continue Reading
  • A Different Kind of Winning Shot May 14, 2021 This Fist Bump Friday goes out to VL Zimbabwe and long-time IT colleague Tom Matiki (right) for winning second place in USAID’s Partners Photo Contest. Tom has served as the team’s IT  consultant on VL Zimbabwe and on the Abt-led… Continue Reading
  • VL Cote d’Ivoire launches its PBO ITN mass distribution campaign during COVID-19 April 30, 2021 This week’s Fist Bump goes out to Côte d’Ivoire for implementing its first stratified mass ITN distribution campaign. Using insecticide susceptibility data collected by the PMI VectorLink Project, piperonyl-butoxide (PBO) nets were chosen as the most effective ITNs to reduce… Continue Reading
  • Together, We Can! VL Uganda Pilots Mobile Data Collection with VL Kenya Support April 23, 2021 This week’s Fist Bump goes out to VL Uganda for completing their first IRS mobile data collection pilot and to the VL Kenya M&E team for providing South-to-South support to the Uganda M&E team. The Uganda IRS campaign is the… Continue Reading
  • Decentralizing Ento Activities in the DRC Despite COVID-19 April 16, 2021 This week’s Fist Bump goes out to VL Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for their successful decentralization of select entomological surveillance activities amidst COViD-19. Given the geographical size of the DRC, the NMCP expressed the wish to decentralize entomological surveillance… Continue Reading
  • School-Based ITN Distribution Exemplar April 9, 2021 This Fist Bump Friday goes out to the VectorLink ITN team for completing their recent School-Based ITN Exemplar. This exemplar a consolidated, user-friendly, step-by-step compendium to the 2016 Guide for use by National Malaria Control Programs (NMCPs) and their partners.… Continue Reading
  • Data Points April 2, 2021 This week’s Fist Bump goes out to VectorLink’s Data Analytics and Visualization team as well as to VL Mali, VL Nigeria and VL Zambia for supporting NMCPs to optimize the deployment of vector control tools and evaluate their impact by… Continue Reading
  • Just Say No to Malaria and Yes to IRS March 26, 2021 This week’s Fist Bump goes out to VectorLink Benin for their creativity and joie de vivre in increasing awareness and acceptance of IRS through the power of music and songs. VL Benin was among the first VectorLink countries to start… Continue Reading
  • VectoLink Kenya Launches 2021 IRS Campaign in Homa Bay March 19, 2021 This week’s Fist Bump goes out to VectoLink Kenya as they continue with their 2021 IRS campaign, launching in Homa Bay on March 10th. Fourteen sub-counties will be covered in total - six in Migori County and eight in Homa… Continue Reading