VectorWorks is a five-year (2014-19) global project to increase access to and use of insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs) and other proven vector control interventions for malaria prevention. The project is funded by the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) under a USAID cooperative agreement. It envisions a world where every family has the ability to protect itself from malaria through vector control technologies that are easy to use, easy to access and easy to afford. VectorWorks has a comprehensive and dynamic approach to empower governments, civil society and the private sector to create sustainable systems to improve access to and appropriate use of ITNs and other vector control technologies. VectorWorks will innovatively expand on the strong and successful work of the NetWorks project to support and strengthen distribution networks, create demand for and promote consistent use of ITNs, and strategically apply and use research findings. These are the necessary next steps down the path to elimination of malaria.
As PMI’s flagship global ITN project, VectorWorks believes that we can do better in addressing the challenges of malaria control with what is currently at hand. We can develop effective, targeted responses to the changing epidemiology of malaria; we can find supplementary tools to complement ITNs in high-resistance or other specific-need areas, and we can find ways to use limited resources more efficiently.
Supported by a five-year cooperative agreement (2014-2019) with USAID, VectorWorks can accept funds from any USAID mission or operating unit, including those outside the health sector. VectorWorks is committed to tailoring our work to make it possible for USAID missions to achieve their objectives in their time frame, and to meet the contextual needs of the country.
VectorWorks’ strategy is based on our Family-Centered Model. In this model, families of all sizes and socioeconomic status are able to access ITNs continuously via appropriate channels. Depending on their family structure, perceived need, and demand-creation activities, families will seek out ITNs from a range of access points, including the public sector, civil society and private sector, where nets may be available at subsidized or full retail cost. In this model, families have a choice of sources and nets that meet their needs and means. This will reduce families’ vulnerability to malaria, and lead to improved resilience via better health. A functional supply chain and distribution networks ensure continued access; families in turn are responsible for high rates of net acquisition, proper use, and care.
For more information on the project, take a look at the VectorWorks Overall Fact Sheet.