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Integrated Vector Management (IVM)

Definition: Integrated Vector Management is a decision-making process for the management of vector populations, so as to reduce or interrupt transmission of vector-borne diseases. Its characteristic features include:

  • Selection of methods based on knowledge of local vector biology, disease transmission and morbidity;
  • Utilization of a range of interventions, often in combination and synergistically;
  • Collaboration within the health sector and with other public and private sectors that impact on vector breeding;
  • Engagement with local communities and other stakeholders;
  • A public health regulatory and legislative framework;
  • Rational use of insecticides;
  • Good management practices.

An IVM approach takes into account the available health infrastructure and resources and integrates all available and effective measures, whether chemical, biological, or environmental. IVM also encourages an integrated approach to disease control.      |       Resources

photos of various vectors

WHO IVM Page: Key Resources

Multilingual Documentation

  • Decision-Making Criteria and Procedures for Judicious Use of Insecticides:
    English |  español |  français
  • Guidelines on the Management of Public Health Insecticides:
    English |  español |  français
  • Environmental Management for the Control of Malaria Vectors [Ordenamento ambiental para o controle dos vetores da malária]: português

Documentation only available in English

Criteria for Judicious Use of Insecticides
Guidelines on Management of Public Health Insecticides
IVM Poster 2008

IVM Global Strategy
2007 WHO IVM Consultation Report Meeting on Control of Malaria and Other VBDs

PAHO Resources

Multilingual Documentation

  • Environmental Management for the Control of Malaria Vectors [Ordenamento ambiental para o controle dos vetores da malária]: português

PAHO Resources

Index Pages, by topic

(In the above, all documents under the topic "Vector Control" and the respective disease are grouped under the category "Prevention and Control.")

PAHO Regional Programs