Current strategies and successes in engaging women in vector control
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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