The Vector Management and Research Center (VMRC) is a unit of excellence for research and training in vector-borne diseases and control. One of the mandates of VMRC is to develop the Man Power in the field of Public Health Entomology especially on the control of vectors and vector-borne diseases to meet the needs at the National and International levels.
The trust areas of the Division includes studies on Entomological Surveillance to assess the changes in the geographic distribution and abundance of vectors that are involved in the transmission diseases such as malaria, lymphatic filariasis, dengue, chikungunya and bionomics of vectors of malaria as well as other vector borne diseases (VBDs) in relation to disease transmission and control, Besides, it also focuses on the risk mapping and geo-climate and environmental based modelling to forecast the trends in vector-borne diseases.
The VMRC is also responsible for the development of intervention models for malaria vector control and strengthening malaria surveillance through evaluation of diagnostic techniques, efficacy testing of insecticides, biocides as well as long lasting insecticidal nets (LLIN) against mosquito vectors and monitoring of insecticide resistance and its mechanisms in malaria vectors to develop effective resistance management strategies.
Other major activities of the VMRC also includes the investigation of VBDs Outbreaks in order to provide appropriate site specific containment strategies to the concerned National and Reginal Agencies.
Goals of the VMRC
- Build effective collaboration between academic communities and public health organizations at federal, local states for surveillance, prevention, and response to vector borne diseases.
- Train public health entomologists in the knowledge and skills required to address vector-borne disease concerns.
- Conduct research to develop and validate effective prevention and control tools and methods and to anticipate and respond to disease outbreaks.
- Provide regional support to enhance public health prevention and response efforts.