APMEN

Online Resource Exchange Network for Entomology (ORENE)


A Community of Practice for Vector Biologists in the Asia Pacific Region

ABOUT US

The Online Resource Exchange Network for Entomology (ORENE) is a product of the APMEN Vector Control Working Group (VCWG). VCWG supports Asia-Pacific countries in their common quest to reduce the burden of mosquito-borne public health threats such as malaria, dengue, and multiple others. Commencing in 2009, VCWG has enabled a range of capacity-building initiatives to enhance vector control skills, especially in national institutions responsible for addressing disease control (e.g. malaria control programs) or in young emerging scientists (to attend various courses). It also supports research into new technologies and applications for improved vector control and creates opportunities for vector control practitioners to meet, discuss and identify challenges and priorities that require urgent attention, such as during our annual regional meeting. ORENE is intended to be a practical work tool to provide information and resources to enable our vector control community of practice to more easily and efficiently get their job done, or be updated about developments in our field.

Empower
Collaborate
Innovate
Inform
Synergise

OUR FOCUS

Empower

The APMEN VCWG recognises that the path to elimination of malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases requires appropriate, long-term investment in skills development and training for entomologists and vector control personnel. Tailored to meet the unique needs of each country programme within the Network, the VCWG works closely with staff across all levels of the health system to identify the various vector control challenges being faced, and establish and support a relevant research and training programme to mitigate these. Each of the activities of the VCWG is designed within a holistic approach, enhancing both the aims of the NMCPs and other partner institutions as well as providing participants the opportunity for personal skills development – an integral, though often neglected, aspect of successful disease management and control.

OUR FOCUS

Collaborate

Building resilient and lasting solutions to disease control and elimination can only be achieved through robust and collaborative partnerships, including government and non-governmental institutions, academia, and industry bodies. Believing that an interdisciplinary approach can enable a more comprehensive, effective intervention package for malaria and other vector borne disease control, the VCWG works with personnel from across each of these sectors to develop and implement bespoke regional and country-specific technical trainings, field operational research activities, and cross-institutional Fellowships opportunities. 

OUR FOCUS

Innovate

The interplay between human, environmental, and ecological conditions affects both the scope of, and potential for, vector-borne disease transmission: changes in either one of these elements can alter mosquito breeding habits and behaviours, which can reduce the efficacy of current tools to prevent and control the spread of disease. As this landscape changes, so does the need for tools and approaches that can meet and adapt to both current and anticipated vector control challenges. The VCWG works with country partners to identify where and how these changes are occurring, facilitates and supports field research activities to trial adapted and new tools, and advocates for the development and investment in more appropriate interventions and techniques relevant to each country setting.

 

 

OUR FOCUS

Inform

Anticipating and preventing the transmission of vector-borne disease means ensuring that the best and latest information and guidance is readily available to those that need it the most. Through its technical assistance and training programmes, the VCWG works with partners to compile and translate technical guidance documents into practical, every-day approaches for NMCP staff across the Network, and across a range of different transmission settings. To facilitate this approach, the VCWG cultivates and showcases new research and best practices across all domains of vector control and entomology from across the Asia Pacific region, providing the opportunity for cross country and information exchange and discussion, as well practical learning opportunities with expert groups from around the world.

OUR FOCUS

Synergise

The eradication of malaria and other vector-borne disease is a multifaceted challenge that no single intervention alone can prevent: understanding the role of the mosquito vector in the disease transmission cycle is just one part of a much more complicated picture as countries continue on the road to elimination. Working side by side with regional partners in case management and treatment, surveillance, and epidemiology/anthropology, as well as its APMEN sister groups- the Surveillance and Response and Vivax Working Groups- the VCWG determines, with country partners, where shared challenges exist, and where opportunities for cross-synergy activities with complementary partners can be undertaken. Through this unified approach, the multiple challenges facing country partners can be better recognised, and the development of a comprehensive, and sustainable approach to disease management and control better established.

OUR FOCUS

Empower

The APMEN VCWG recognises that the path to elimination of malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases requires appropriate, long-term investment in skills development and training for entomologists and vector control personnel. Tailored to meet the unique needs of each country programme within the Network, the VCWG works closely with staff across all levels of the health system to identify the various vector control challenges being faced, and establish and support a relevant research and training programme to mitigate these. Each of the activities of the VCWG is designed within a holistic approach, enhancing both the aims of the NMCPs and other partner institutions as well as providing participants the opportunity for personal skills development – an integral, though often neglected, aspect of successful disease management and control.

OUR FOCUS

Collaborate

Building resilient and lasting solutions to disease control and elimination can only be achieved through robust and collaborative partnerships, including government and non-governmental institutions, academia, and industry bodies. Believing that an interdisciplinary approach can enable a more comprehensive, effective intervention package for malaria and other vector borne disease control, the VCWG works with personnel from across each of these sectors to develop and implement bespoke regional and country-specific technical trainings, field operational research activities, and cross-institutional Fellowships opportunities. 

OUR FOCUS

Innovate

The interplay between human, environmental, and ecological conditions affects both the scope of, and potential for, vector-borne disease transmission: changes in either one of these elements can alter mosquito breeding habits and behaviours, which can reduce the efficacy of current tools to prevent and control the spread of disease. As this landscape changes, so does the need for tools and approaches that can meet and adapt to both current and anticipated vector control challenges. The VCWG works with country partners to identify where and how these changes are occurring, facilitates and supports field research activities to trial adapted and new tools, and advocates for the development and investment in more appropriate interventions and techniques relevant to each country setting.

 

 

OUR FOCUS

Inform

Anticipating and preventing the transmission of vector-borne disease means ensuring that the best and latest information and guidance is readily available to those that need it the most. Through its technical assistance and training programmes, the VCWG works with partners to compile and translate technical guidance documents into practical, every-day approaches for NMCP staff across the Network, and across a range of different transmission settings. To facilitate this approach, the VCWG cultivates and showcases new research and best practices across all domains of vector control and entomology from across the Asia Pacific region, providing the opportunity for cross country and information exchange and discussion, as well practical learning opportunities with expert groups from around the world.

OUR FOCUS

Synergise

The eradication of malaria and other vector-borne disease is a multifaceted challenge that no single intervention alone can prevent: understanding the role of the mosquito vector in the disease transmission cycle is just one part of a much more complicated picture as countries continue on the road to elimination. Working side by side with regional partners in case management and treatment, surveillance, and epidemiology/anthropology, as well as its APMEN sister groups- the Surveillance and Response and Vivax Working Groups- the VCWG determines, with country partners, where shared challenges exist, and where opportunities for cross-synergy activities with complementary partners can be undertaken. Through this unified approach, the multiple challenges facing country partners can be better recognised, and the development of a comprehensive, and sustainable approach to disease management and control better established.

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VCWG NETWORK

Thailand
Ministry of Public Health, Thailand
Bangladesh
National Malaria Control Elimination, Bangladesh
Bhutan
Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, Bhutan
Cambodia
National Centre for Parasitology Entomology and Malaria Control, Cambodia
China
National Health and Family Planning Commission of the PR China
Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Ministry of Public Health, DPR Korea
India
National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, India
Indonesia
Ministry of Public Health, Indonesia
Lao People's Democratic Republic
http://moh.gov.la/index.php/lo-la/
Malaysia
Ministry of Health, Malaysia
Nepal
Department of Health Services, Nepal
Papua New Guinea
National Department of Health, Papa New Guinea
Philippines
National Malaria Control Programme, Philippines
Republic of Korea
Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Republic of Korea
Solomon Islands
Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Malaria and Vector Borne Disease Control Program, Solomon Islands
Sri Lanka
Anti Malaria Campaign, Sri Lanka
Vanuatu
Ministry of Health, Vanuatu
Vietnam
Institute of Malariology, Parasitology, and Entomology, Vietnam
Pakistan
Directorate of Malaria Control, Pakistan
Afghanistan
Ministry of Health, Afghanistan
Thailand
Ministry of Public Health, Thailand
Bangladesh
National Malaria Control Elimination, Bangladesh
Bhutan
Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, Bhutan
Cambodia
National Centre for Parasitology Entomology and Malaria Control, Cambodia
China
National Health and Family Planning Commission of the PR China
Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Ministry of Public Health, DPR Korea
India
National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, India
Indonesia
Ministry of Public Health, Indonesia
Lao People's Democratic Republic
http://moh.gov.la/index.php/lo-la/
Malaysia
Ministry of Health, Malaysia
Nepal
Department of Health Services, Nepal
Papua New Guinea
National Department of Health, Papa New Guinea
Philippines
National Malaria Control Programme, Philippines
Republic of Korea
Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Republic of Korea
Solomon Islands
Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Malaria and Vector Borne Disease Control Program, Solomon Islands
Sri Lanka
Anti Malaria Campaign, Sri Lanka
Vanuatu
Ministry of Health, Vanuatu
Vietnam
Institute of Malariology, Parasitology, and Entomology, Vietnam
Pakistan
Directorate of Malaria Control, Pakistan
Afghanistan
Ministry of Health, Afghanistan

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