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Symposium 43: Indoor Residual Spraying: Maximizing Innovation, Impact, and Sustainability

Thursday, November 14, 2013, 4:00-5:45 p.m.
Marriott Ballroom Salon 1

Chair: Bradford Lucas, Abt Associates
Chair: Allison Belemvire, United States Agency for International Development, President’s Malaria Initiative
Chair: Kristen George, United States Agency for International Development, President’s Malaria Initiative

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IRS is a key component of malaria prevention programs in many countries. IRS is proven to reduce the density and longevity of malaria transmitting mosquitos and correspondingly reduce malaria prevalence in target populations. The planning and implementation of IRS campaigns is complex – requiring expertise in operations logistics, entomological monitoring, environmental compliance, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E). This symposium highlights four innovations in IRS that are contributing to increasing the impact and sustainability of country programs. In Ethiopia, a successful piloting of a community-based IRS approach is now being replicated in other districts as a more cost-efficient and sustainable model. New technology to measure the amount of insecticide sprayed on wall surfaces has the potential to dramatically improve spray quality assurance and residual life monitoring. The application of smartphones to IRS campaigns is making it easier for program managers to monitor critical environmental compliance activities. Enhanced entomological monitoring is demonstrating the impact of IRS programs on key entomological indicators and malaria prevalence. Scaling up of these innovations at the country level can increase the impact, reduce the cost, and make IRS more sustainable.