VCAP

Objectives

VCAP’s overarching goal is to support malaria elimination by 2030 in the Asia Pacific by accelerating the introduction and adoption of innovative vector control tools. The platform also supports the prevention and control efforts against malaria and as well as other diseases transmitted by mosquitoes.

The objectives are to:

1. Increase the timeliness of introduction of new tools
2. Identify opportunities to streamline regulatory pathways
3. Increase the focus of manufacturer product introduction strategies on Asia Pacific countries

 

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OVERVIEW

Vector Control landscape in Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific has its own set of region-specific challenges including social, behavioural and environmental factors that affect risk of disease transmission by mosquitoes. Resistance to existing insecticides and outdoor transmission are two of the main challenges in the region. The vector control tools available may not be sufficient to tackle these challenges and lead the region to elimination. There is also limited information among national stakeholders on the development of novel vector control tools.  In addition, regulatory process to register and introduce new vector control products are complex, lengthy and costly in many Asia Pacific countries. Collectively, a need was expressed to overcome these policy challenges and flag them to  decision makers in countries.

BACKGROUND

How the platform started

As a starting point, two high-level meetings triggered the establishment of VCAP.
  1. July 2017: At the Vector Control Working Group meeting of the Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN), entomologists, malaria programs, and other experts first raised these policy challenges and called on the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA) to lead on policy advocacy efforts.
  2. July 2018: APLMA partnered with Unitaid to organise a consultation of national policy makers, industry  and vector control experts to discuss on policy challenges to vector control. The outcome of this consultation was a call to establish a platform to address policy and regulatory challenges to vector control.

VCAP was launched on the 2nd of July 2018 at the Malaria World Congress in Melbourne, Australia. VCAP is part of the wider net that supports regional cooperation to improve health security and reduce the burden of vector borne diseases.

MECHANISM

How VCAP works

Partnership

VCAP is first and foremost a partnership, designed to bring together policy makers, vector control regulators, disease programs, industry representatives, product development partnerships and other global health partners - to broker solutions to accelerate introduction and adoption of vector control tools in Asia Pacific.

Information Sharing Hub

VCAP is also an information-sharing hub which aims to share targeted information with different stakeholders to address current information gaps acting as barriers to product introduction.

Network

VCAP is a network through which regulators​ across borders can share best practices on regulatory pathways and identify quicker ways to introduce products to the markets

Advocacy Platform

VCAP is also an advocacy platform that identifies advocacy priorities, designs and implements advocacy strategies, to support the accelerated regulatory approval of vector control tools in specific countries
Expert guidance

Steering Committee

The platform is guided in its strategic direction and activities by a steering committee which consists of representatives from member countries, manufacturers, global health partners, donor organisations and experts in vector control.