Institutes and Universities Working on Vector-borne Diseases

Priority Areas of Research

Research priorities for all vector-borne diseases

  • Identification of gaps in the health system functioning/management in the control of vector-borne diseases to provide methods/strategies to improve the system.
  • Identification of cultural, social and behavioral aspects related to (i) vector-borne diseases spread, and (ii) impediments to vector-borne diseases control.
  • Development of disease specific epidemic forecasting and early warning systems.
  • Development of eco-epidemiological based disease risk maps at the sub-centre/PHC/district level.
  • Health impact assessment of developmental projects with reference to  vector-borne diseases, and provide strategies to mitigate the problem of vector proliferation and interrupt the transmission.
  • Development of novel/alternate vector control methods: (i) transgenic and paratransgenic and (ii) herbal/biopesticides that have shown efficacy against vector species and which need support for developing products/formulations.
  • Disease burden estimation.
  • Clinical research on vector-borne diseases for better case management to reduce morbidity and mortality especially viral diseases.
  • Molecular characterization of insecticide resistance among mosquito vector species for identification of genes responsible for resistance, their possible manipulation and development of screening methods.
  • Understanding the immunological and molecular basis of host parasite interaction for identifying novel targets for vector and parasite control.
  • Development of ecotype specific integrated vector management (IVM) strategies through inter-sectoral coordination and testing them in different eco-epidemiological situations.
  • Identification, development and evaluation of new bio-pesticides in view of the challenge posed by vector resistance to insecticides and the environmental hazards due to insecticide use.
  • Development of guidelines/strategies for promoting community-based interventions and behavioural change towards vector control.
  • Capacity building workshops in the areas of (i) Research methodology  (ii) Health impact assessment methods (iii) Ticks & Mites – Taxonomic techniques and (iv) Epidemiology of tick-borne diseases.

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