Event Schedule

Date 18 - 28, November 1st APMEN Malaria Vector Surveillance for Elimination Course” in collaboration with Ministry of Health Malaysia and World Health Organization

Malaria control and elimination in the Asia Pacific region is at a critical juncture. While national strategies are shifting from long-term, traditional control or containment to Malaria Elimination, the entomology and vector control services are needed to shift their strategies and build capacities in order to achieve this. Key areas where vector control must be strengthened include: surveillance and risk-area stratification; effective personal protection and vector control, especially among the mobile migrant population; and building sub-national capacities to guide local decision-making in foci investigation and elimination.

To facilitate progress toward strengthening regional entomological and vector control capacity, Ministry of Health Malaysia, APMEN and ACTMalaria Foundation will jointly convene the first international training course in Malaria Vector Surveillance for national programme entomologists.

The aim of this training is to contribute to achievement of the regional targets set for malaria elimination, by making vector control more efficient, cost effective, ecologically sound and sustainable.

This training course is co-funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) through APMEN, President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) / USAID through ACTMalaria / WPRO / WHO.


This course aims to develop the capacity of entomologists involved in malaria control and elimination programmes. Upon completion of this course, the participants would be able to perform tasks and train others regarding conventional and newer techniques in mosquito identification, collection and rearing and strengthen malaria entomological surveillance, monitoring and evaluation (including managing malaria foci, performing insecticide resistance tests and contact bioassays).

Learning Objectives

There are five learning modules that will equip and support entomologists with necessary knowledge and skills to support capacity building and application of entomological and vector control strategies.

These topics were identified as priority topics at the recent APMEN VCWG meeting held in Bangkok, Thailand in 2017.

  1. Use Anopheles species identification key and describe the main biochemical and molecular methods used in the identification of mosquito vectors
  2. Rear and maintain Anopheles mosquitoes under insectary conditions and understand the specifi¬c requirements and methods for mosquito rearing.
  3. Determine resistance to insecticides using the WHO susceptibility test kit (adults) and CDC bottle bioassay including intensity of resistance, synergist-insecticide bioassays and biochemical tests to determine mode of resistance
  4. Assess durability of Long-Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) and determine the residual efficacy of an insecticide-treated net at any particular time after distribution
  5. Apply adult and larval mosquito collection methods for focal investigations in areas of new or persistent malaria transmission to determine why there is transmission or why the disease is not responding to the measures being applied, and to identify the best approaches to control.


Candidates should have had previous training on basic or applied entomology and currently practicing as field entomologist of malaria control and elimination programmes, involved in training, implementation, monitoring and evaluation at either national or state/ regional or provincial level. They are expected to have adequate reading, writing, and verbal skills in English and are computer literature. They should be able to communicate effectively in English and interact constructively with colleagues from different social, political, and cultural backgrounds. The candidates should be in service for at least 5 years before retirement.