When biodiversity meets public health: controlling diseases vectors

How to reach the SDG targets on vector-borne diseases elimination while taking into account the protection of biodiversity

TV Studio 4
Lab debate
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
15:10 to 15:55

This session will explore a new type of nature-based solutions for vector-borne diseases control using a naturally occurring phenomenon called gene drive. Vector-borne diseases have a heavy burden on both public health (with over 700,000 deaths/year according to WHO) and biodiversity with numerous species threatened (e.g. Hawaiian birds threatened by avian malaria). The current methods for vector control are largely relying on insecticides. This has proved efficacious in the past and has allowed to saving millions of lives, but with growing insecticide-resistance and concerns about the scalability, there is a consensus that additional tools are required to reach the SDGs. Gene drive research can be a new avenue to explore at the crossroad of public health and biodiversity considerations.

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Organised by


Chair of IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group
Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research
Yacine DJIBO
Executive Director of Speak Up Africa and Member of the Advisory Board of UNCDF
United Nations Capital Development Fund
Research Scientist
Ifakara Health Institute
Postdoctoral Researcher and Project Coordinator
University of Oxford