Setting international standards for the management of public health pesticides

H. van den Berg, R.S. Yadav, M. Zaim

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Recent developments have highlighted the urgency of sound management of public health pesticides in vector-borne–disease–endemic countries. Major shortcomings are evident in national-level management practices throughout the pesticide life cycle from production to disposal; these shortcomings will adversely affect the cost-effectiveness and increase the risks of pesticides used. A major thrust has occurred towards developing international standards for improvement of public health pesticide management and towards expanding WHO’s global network on pesticide evaluation. However, to face current and future challenges, such as insecticide resistance in malaria vectors, the global capacity for evaluation of new insecticide products and vector-control tools should be further enhanced. Another area requiring urgent attention is the actual adoption and implementation of the recommended standards, calling for support to strengthen policy, legislation, and capacity.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere1001824
Number of pages9
JournalPLOS Medicine
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • vector-borne diseases
  • insecticide resistance
  • malaria control
  • countries
  • africa
  • risk

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