VecNet was founded in 2011 to address the concerns and recommendations of the Malaria Eradication Research Agenda (malERA) initiative. The initiative, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is a collection of 12 reviews highlighting the outcomes of a series of consultations from more than 250 experts on malaria from 36 countries.
The malERA series of consultations concluded that malaria elimination requires a means of accessing and analyzing all relevant data to prolong the effective life of present vector control interventions, whilst also recognizing the need for additional interventions to achieve elimination.
More information on malERA can be found at: PLOS Collections: malERA – a research agenda for malaria eradication
VecNet is creating an analytic framework that will assemble all known data on malaria transmission and make it accessible through mathematical models in an intuitive and user-friendly manner. This openly shared set of resources will facilitate interactions and communication between scientists to support research activities, surveillance, monitoring, and evaluation of programs and interventions; allow malaria control programs to select the optimal intervention combination for a given geographic area based on vector behaviors; and effectively inform strategic planning and malaria elimination assessments at a range of scales from global policy to local-level planning.
About the VecNet logo
The VecNet logo features a mosquito superimposed on a graph. Specifically, the mosquito is an anopheline (of the genus Anopheles, the only mosquitoes which transmit malaria to humans) shown in its classic feeding position. The downward trending graph represents a reduction in malaria transmission through the work of VecNet and similar organizations.