Current strategies and successes in engaging women in vector control

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Women can be successfully engaged in vector control programmes at the community level in both income generating vector control activities, including micro-enterprise, paid community-level and state and national-level programmes and volunteer positions.

This systematic review aimed to assess and critically summarise evidence regarding the effectiveness of women participating in vector control. Twenty-three articles (17 unique studies) were included; for malaria (n=10), dengue (n=8), human African trypanosomiasis (n=3), schistosomiasis (n=1) or  a combination (malaria and schistosomiasis, n=1).  The GRADE approach was used to assess quality.

Significant evidence gaps and limitations were identified for the relative effectiveness of vector control in women-centered vector control programmes. Three major areas were investigated; top down implementation of national control programme strategies; micro-enterprise programmes in vector control; and community-engaged vector control strategies.

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