The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) has a long history of combating malaria in Zimbabwe through indoor residual spraying (IRS), dating back to August 2011. With support from PMI, The PMI VectorLink Project supports and implements vector control activities in Zimbabwe to prevent the spread of malaria. In the project’s first year of implementation (2017), PMI VectorLink conducted IRS in four districts, Chimanimani, Mutare, Mutasa, and Nyanga, in Manicaland Province. With guidance from NCMP and PMI, the project has relocated its operations to Mashonaland East Province to spray the high malaria-burdened Mudzi and Mutoko Districts during the second year of implementation. The change in location was supported by NMCP and is also in line with the country’s Insecticide Resistance Management Plan (IRMP).
The project will continue to provide technical assistance and work with provincial and district health officials in Manicaland Province to allow for a smooth transition to NMCP management of IRS operations. In addition, VectorLink Zimbabwe will continue entomological surveillance at six sentinel sites: four in Mashonaland East Province -Arcturus, Makarara, Dendera and Kawere, and two in Manicaland Province -Burma Valley and Vumba.
VectorLink Zimbabwe continues to provide technical assistance to the NMCP and partners on various national-level vector monitoring and control issues, as requested. This assistance includes:
- Technical support to shift from traditional malaria vector control to integrated vector management in an effort to optimize the use of resources for vector control
- Increased capacity to plan, implement and monitor vector control programs, including the introduction of a new class of insecticides, neonicotinoids, for IRS in Zimbabwe
- Technical support to ensure environmental compliance for IRS activities, taking on board findings and recommendations in 2018 Environmental Compliance Operations Support (ECOS) field evaluation report
- Participation in and support for malaria technical working groups, task forces, and committees
- Technical support for implementing malaria elimination activities especially in vector control and entomological surveillance
- Support the development of the national entomological monitoring plan.
- Support for malaria control messaging.