Vector control is well suited for integrated approaches because some vectors are responsible for multiple diseases, and some interventions are effective against several vectors. The concept of IVM was developed as a result of lessons learned from integrated pest management, which is used in the agricultural sector; IVM aims to optimize and rationalize the use of resources and tools for vector control. This resource page links to WHO materials on IVM and to PAHO materials on vector-borne diseases (VBDs).

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:: Estrategia para la toma de decisiones en el marco del manejo integrado de vectores de malaria (In Spanish)

Estrategia para la toma de decisiones en el marco del manejo integrado de vectores de malaria (In Spanish)

Definition: Integrated Vector Management is a decision-making process for the management of vector populations, so as to reduce or interrupt transmission of vector-borne diseases. Its characteristic features include:

  • Selection of methods based on knowledge of local vector biology, disease transmission and morbidity;
  • Utilization of a range of interventions, often in combination and synergistically;
  • Collaboration within the health sector and with other public and private sectors that impact on vector breeding;
  • Engagement with local communities and other stakeholders;
  • A public health regulatory and legislative framework;
  • Rational use of insecticides;
  • Good management practices.

An IVM approach takes into account the available health infrastructure and resources and integrates all available and effective measures, whether chemical, biological, or environmental. IVM also encourages an integrated approach to disease control. 

vector control

PAHO Directing Council Report on IVM
CD48/13: Integrated Vector Management: A Comprehensive Response to Vector-Borne Diseases | español | português | français 


Multilingual Documentation

Decision-Making Criteria and Procedures for Judicious Use of Insecticides:
     English  |  español |  français


Guidelines on the Management of Public Health Insecticides:
     English  |  español |  français


Environmental Management for the Control of Malaria Vectors [Ordenamento ambiental para o controle dos vetores da malária]:

judicious use of pesticides 

guidelines for pesticide management

 Documentation available only in English

 IVM 2008 Poster (as shown above)

WHO Position Statement on Integrated Vector Management: This document outlines WHO's position on IVM to enable partners to work with countries, through various programmes, institutions and sectors, to jointly address the burden of vector-borne diseases.

Global Strategic Framework for Integrated Vector Management: The Global Strategic Framework for Integrated Vector Management (IVM) provides a basis for strengthening vector control in a manner that is compatible with national health systems.

Report of the WHO Consultation on Integrated Vector Management (IVM)

Vector Control for Malaria and Other Mosquito-Borne Diseases: Report of a WHO Study Group

IVM: WHO position paper
WHO global framework for IVM
WHO consultation on IVM
WHO study group report on IVM

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Neglected, Tropical and Vector Borne Diseases Unit
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