Biologists / Senior Entomologists Training Course [Jointly organized by VCRC, Puducherry and NVBDCP, Delhi] 15th – 27th February 2016.


Introduction to the training course

Vector borne diseases (VBDs) continue to be a major public health problem in India. Some of the VBDs are emerging and spreading to newer areas in the recent years, due to tourism, developmental activity, deforestation and urbanization.   Drug resistance among parasites and vector resistance to insecticides are also the major constraints, which is challenging the control efforts.    At this juncture, effective utilization of existing infrastructure with target oriented, time and site specific approach is required.  In this context, it is necessary for the Biologists/Entomologists to update their knowledge and skill in controlling disease vectors. Therefore, the training course has been framed, emphasizing the following:



•    evidence based approach considering the factors influencing vector biology, behavior and response to insecticides and disease transmission,

•    use of a range of interventions, often in combination and synergistically,


•    collaboration within the health sector as well as with other public and private sectors - involving local communities



Upon completion of the training the participants will be able to,




1.   Understand the principle and basic concepts of vector control.


2.  Identify the information gap and address issues associated with the role of vectors in disease transmission and selection of vector control measures.

3.   Perform  better  analysis  of  the  situation  for  development  and  implementation  of


appropriate methods and their integration towards vector management


4.   Apply the concept of IVM in the vector control programme


5. Facilitate training of other health personnel on the basic concepts of planning, management, implementation and evaluation of vector control activities/ programmes.

Structure and Approach of the Training Course




The training course consists of four modules: (i) Vectors and vector borne diseases, (ii) Vector surveillance, (iii) Personal protection and vector control options, and (iv) Integrated vector management.



The modules include problem-solving exercises and presentation of their outcomes by the participants. A teamwork approach is followed in the course. Participants may form into small groups and they may be asked to work as a team to perform the exercises. The aim is to create an environment where the teams learn how to critically analyze and plan vector control strategies. The participants will be given an opportunity to analyze their data on VBDs while carrying out the exercises.



Field exercises are designed to carry out situation analysis of VBD; the problems and constraints associated with their control and formulating suitable vector control strategies.



The course is intended to guide planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of vector control programme. It provides a mechanism where one learns to solve problems related to vector control and becomes skillful in the organization of teams and the participation in multidisciplinary environment. The tutor or facilitator introduces course topics, guides the participants, stimulates discussion, and provides suggestions on the materials developed by the participants.





The presentations by the tutor will be kept to a minimum, and each session will be as short as possible. The information that will be given in each session is already in the training module and therefore, there will be very little need for the participants to take notes.



During the small group exercises, a moderator and rapporteur will be chosen by each group to lead the discussions on particular exercise and to take notes respectively. Presentation will provide the participants an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the topics discussed. It will also enhance their communication skills.



Evaluation of the participants



The training coordinator will carry out an evaluation of the participants’ progress and achievement during the course. Pre- and post-tests will be used as an evaluation tool for each unit. The training coordinator, tutors and facilitators will also identify and explain the areas of gap in understanding and point out areas that require improvement.




Evaluation of the training by the participants



Using a questionnaire, the training coordinator will ask the participants as what do they think about the training and whether it has helped them and how it could be improved. This evaluation will take place at the end of the training period in order to provide as much feedback as possible. Replies to the questionnaire may be signed or not, but the participants should feel completely free to make suggestions for improvements on the part of the tutor, as well as in the content of the training module and the mode of training. The participants are also encouraged to provide feedback throughout the training course.



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