Welcome Message

nestor-sosaDr. Néstor Sosa
Director General of
Gorgas Memorial Institute for Health Studies
On behalf of the Gorgas Memorial Institute for Health Studies I welcome you to the Second International Meeting for the control of Aedes aegypti.
At this meeting collaborators Pan American Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia United States, the Latin American Network for Vector Control, Ministry of Health of Panama, Gorgas Institute and regional experts will present and discuss the status current knowledge on various aspects of ecology, control and impact on public health of Aedes aegypti.
The subtitle of this meeting: why do not we controlled the Aedes aegypti?, Invites reflection and critical analysis of the procedures that have been implemented so far and the search for new strategies to accept that the current situation should be improved.
In recent years, research on the control of Aedes have advanced, and there are new technologies on the horizon that could give greater chance of success to the programs. Therefore, this meeting is timely and should assist in the evaluation and implementation of these new tools.


lorenzo-caceresThe Latin American Network for Vector Control

He has performed with the collaboration and support of the Gorgas Memorial Institute for Health Studies (ICGES), activities with the aim to transmit and share scientific and technical knowledge with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), academia, and health ministries private sector in the Region of the Americas, which have aimed to collaborate in strengthening and improving the policies and strategies of health programs in the region. In 2010, the RELCOV conducted in collaboration with the ICGES and PAHO, the “First Regional Meeting for finding new control of Aedes aegypti in the Americas”, which yielded interesting and significant results. The event first met members of academia, Heads of vector control programs, consultants PAHO / WHO and members of the private sector related to the production and marketing of insecticides and equipment used in vector control. Among the results of this important event was the holding of a meeting in 2011 with members of the Scientific Committee RELCOV consultants, PAHO / WHO and the private sector for the development of a regional project for the surveillance and monitoring of the resistance of Ae. aegypti in the Americas, which is developed and is in the search for sources of funding for implementation. A second result was followed up this first meeting, resulting in the organization of this international congress Why we can not control the Ae. aegypti? “sharing the Congress Gorgas.

It is my great pleasure to share in the organization of this conference with Dr. Nestor Sosa ICGES Director General, Roberto Barrera and Roger Nasci doctors for CDC, Dr. Jose Luis San Martin regional consultant Dengue Program of PAHO / WHO and with other members of the Organizing Committee and the Scientific Committee. The development of this conference will be an excellent and rare opportunity to meet and share with renowned exhibitors will provide all relevant stakeholders expertise and new knowledge, and is also able to analyze the challenges they face in the fight against Ae. aegypti in this new century.

We thank Panama, for giving us this great opportunity to convene distinguished members of academia, vector control programs, consultants PAHO, WHO, private sector and all the public to participate in this important event. This conference in Panama, will be, certainly, a stunning setting for new alternatives for monitoring and control of Ae. aegypti in this new century.

Lorenzo Cáceres C. MSc.

Roger S. Nasci  Ph.D.
Chief, Arboviral Diseases Branch
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Jose Luis San Martin.
Regional Advisor on Dengue
PAHO/WHO – Costa Rica

Dengue causes an estimated 390 million human infections worldwide, resulting in over 96 million cases of human disease each year. It is regarded by the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) as an emerging and uncontrolled disease. Its impact on public health Latin America is considerable, despite extensive efforts to efforts to curb transmission though vector control.   These control efforts, using chemical and biological insecticides as well as source reduction, have largely failed to stem the increasing incidence of dengue throughout the Region.

New strategies and tools for monitoring and controlling Ae. aegypti are urgently needed. To unify efforts, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Latin American Network for Vectors Control (RELCOV), in coordination with the Gorgas Memorial Institute for Health Studies (ICGES) have organized the regional meeting titled: “Why can’t we control the Ae. aegypti? Current status and future perspectives.

This meeting is intended to bring together global experts on vector control including: national managers of entomological surveillance and vector control programs,  academic and applied researchers, and industry representatives to discuss and evaluate existing surveillance and control practices, their implementation, and their effect on Ae. aegypti populations.  It is also a forum to define needs, discuss new tools, identify knowledge gaps, and propose new procedures for improving Ae. aegypti and dengue control.

The Pan American Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Gorgas Memorial Institute for Health Studies Commemorative Institute Gorgas for Health Studies, are pleased to welcome you to this meeting to be held in Panama City from Nov 19 to 22, 2013.  We are hopeful that the products of this meeting will lead to strategies for improved Ae. aegypti control and a reduction in the burden of Dengue for Latin America and the Caribbean countries.