Vector-Borne Diseases

Vector-borne diseases comprise a long list of illnesses caused by viruses, bacteria or parasites, transmitted to humans by a number of vectors, including insects. They account for nearly one fifth of all infectious diseases and cause over 700,000 deaths every year around the world. These diseases affect hundreds of millions of people worldwide and produce great suffering, long-term morbidity and disability, and stigmatisation with the associated distress and mental health problems.

In addition to the health burden of vector-borne diseases, the economic impact is enormous, especially so because they disproportionately affect the world’s poorest countries, particularly Africa, the Americas and South-East Asia.

Many of these diseases have been largely confined to specific regions — especially in tropical and subtropical areas. This situation is now under profound change due to many factors including climate change, increased global travel, migration and refugee movements, global trade, deforestation and unplanned urbanisation to name but a few. These developments not only change the natural habitats of vectors but also promote their spread into new regions, exposing new populations to the diseases they carry.

Pharmacists are ideally placed to support communities and patients in protecting themselves against vector-borne diseases through awareness-raising campaigns and advice, education on vector-control methods and disease prevention, vaccine administration and advocacy, treatment optimisation, supporting patients’ physical and mental well-being, and reducing social stigma.

Vector-borne diseases are a core element of FIP Development Goal 16 (Communicable diseases), aiming at the provision of services for the prevention, surveillance, management and therapeutic optimisation of communicable and vector-borne diseases, and it is directly linked to the majority of FIP DGs.

FIP publications on VBD

A handbook to help pharmacists prevent, control, manage and treat vector-borne diseases is part of FIP’s work on VBD. Some of these diseases, such as malaria and dengue, previously confined to tropical and subtropical areas, are now spreading to new regions due to climate change, increased global travel, migration, global trade, deforestation and unplanned urbanisation, and FIP is encouraging pharmacists to take a more active role in their prevention and management.

Vector-borne diseases: a handbook for pharmacists. Disease prevention, control, management and treatment

ENGLISH
This publication, produced in collaboration with the Pharmaceutical Forum of the Americas, provides an overview of vector-borne diseases and the actions that pharmacists can take. It covers education on prevention methods, advice on the use of repellents, compounding of mosquito repellents, improving vaccination coverage, optimising adherence to treatments; and reducing social stigma.

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Maladies à transmission vectorielle : un manuel pour les pharmaciens. Prévention, contrôle, gestion et traitement des maladies

FRANÇAIS
Cette publication, réalisée en collaboration avec le Forum pharmaceutique des Amériques et traduite en français par le Forum pharmaceutique africain, donne un aperçu des maladies à transmission vectorielle et des actions que les pharmaciens peuvent entreprendre. Elle couvre l’éducation sur les méthodes de prévention, les conseils sur l’utilisation des répulsifs, la préparation des produits anti-moustiques, l’amélioration de la couverture vaccinale, l’optimisation de l’adhésion aux traitements et la réduction de la stigmatisation sociale.

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Doenças transmitidas por vetores: um manual para os farmacêuticos. Prevenção, controlo, gestão e tratamento de doenças.

PORTUGUÊS
Esta publicação, produzida em colaboração com o Fórum Farmacêutico das Américas e traduzida para português pela Associação de Farmacêuticos de Países de Língua Portuguesa, oferece uma visão geral das doenças transmitidas por vectores e das acções que os farmacêuticos podem empreender. Abrange a educação sobre métodos de prevenção, aconselhamento sobre o uso de repelentes, preparação de produtos repelentes de mosquitos, melhoria da cobertura vacinal, optimização da aderência ao tratamento e redução do estigma social.

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Enfermedades transmitidas por vectores: un manual para farmacéuticos. Prevención, control, gestión y tratamiento

ESPAÑOL
Esta publicación, elaborada y traducida al español en colaboración con el Foro Farmacéutico de las Américas, ofrece una visión general de las enfermedades transmitidas por vectores y de las medidas que pueden adoptar los farmacéuticos. Abarca la educación sobre métodos de prevención, el asesoramiento sobre el uso de repelentes, la preparación de productos antimosquitos, la mejora de la cobertura de vacunación, la optimización de la adherencia al tratamiento y la reducción del estigma social.

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Events/Webinars

Following the launch of the handbook for pharmacists on vector-borne diseases, FIP organised in collaboration with the Regional Pharmaceutical Forums a series of six regional webinars to discuss the specific burden of VBDs in each region, and present best practices of the roles that pharmacists play in their prevention and management.

You may access the recordings of all past events through the links provided below. You may also want to check the upcoming digital events at www.events.fip.org.

The role of the pharmacist in the prevention and management of vector-borne diseases: European region

September 22, 2021

Pharmacists are uniquely positioned to help communities and patients protect themselves from vector-borne diseases (VBDs). This webinar will describe the most prevalent VBDs in the European region and identify the most relevant roles that pharmacists can play in their prevention (including vector-control strategies and other measures), management and optimal treatment.

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The role of pharmacists in the prevention and management of vector-borne diseases: a perspective from the Southeast Asian region

August 19, 2021

Pharmacists are uniquely positioned to help communities and patients protect themselves from vector-borne diseases (VBDs). This webinar will describe the most prevalent VBDs in the Southeast Asian region, and identify the most relevant roles that pharmacists can play in their prevention (including vector-control strategies and other measures), management and optimal treatment.

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The role of pharmacists in the prevention and management of vector-borne diseases: a perspective from the Western Pacific region

July 22, 2021

Pharmacists are uniquely positioned to help communities and patients protect themselves from vector-borne diseases (VBDs). This webinar will describe the most prevalent VBDs in the Western Pacific region and identify the most relevant roles that pharmacists can play in their prevention (including vector-control strategies and other measures), management and optimal treatment.

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The role of pharmacists in the prevention and management of vector-borne diseases: a perspective from the Eastern Mediterranean region

June 21, 2021

Pharmacists are uniquely positioned to help communities and patients protect themselves from vector-borne diseases (VBDs). This webinar will describe the most prevalent VBDs in the Eastern Mediterranean region, and identify the most relevant roles that pharmacists can play in their prevention (including vector-control strategies and other measures), management and optimal treatment.

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The role of pharmacists in the prevention and management of vector-borne diseases: a perspective from the European region

September 22, 2021

Pharmacists are uniquely positioned to help communities and patients protect themselves from vector-borne diseases (VBDs). This webinar will describe the most prevalent VBDs in the European region, and identify the most relevant roles that pharmacists can play in their prevention (including vector-control strategies and other measures), management and optimal treatment.

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The role of the pharmacist in the prevention and management of vector-borne diseases: African region

May 20, 2021

Pharmacists are uniquely positioned to help communities and patients protect themselves from vector-borne diseases (VBDs). This webinar will describe the most prevalent VBDs in the African region, and identify the most relevant roles that pharmacists can play in their prevention (including vector-control strategies and other measures), management and optimal treatment.

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IN PORTUGUESE Desafios e Oportunidades para a Profissão Farmacêutica no espaço lusófono –Doenças transmitidas por vetores

April 28, 2021

Um webinar intitulado “Desafios e Oportunidades para a Profissão Farmacêutica no espaço lusófono –Doenças transmitidas por vetores” teve lugar no dia 28 de abril, às 18:00 horário de Portugal, organizado conjuntamente pela Federação Internacional Farmacêutica (FIP) e a Associação de Farmacêuticos dos Países de Língua Portuguesa (AFPLP) em língua portuguesa. Este webinar foi baseado no Manual da FIP para Farmacêuticos sobre doenças transmitidas por vetores, produzido em colaboração com o o Fórum Farmacêutico das Américas. Os oradores apresentaram e discutiram estudos de caso de vários países lusófonos sobre o papel único dos farmacêuticos na prevenção e gestão de doenças transmitidas por vetores.

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IN SPANISH El farmacéutico en la prevención y manejo de las enfermedades transmisibles por vectores: una perspectiva de la región de las Américas

April 21, 2021

Los farmacéuticos tienen una posición privilegiada para ayudar a las comunidades y a los pacientes a protegerse de las enfermedades transmitidas por vectores (ETV). En este webinar se describirán las ETV con mayor prevalencia en las Américas; posteriormente se identificaran las intervenciones farmacéuticas más relevantes en este ámbito y por último se presentarán tres experiencias desarrolladas por el Foro Farmacéutico de las Américas referentes al abordaje farmacéutico de las ETV

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Partnerships

FIP has joined efforts with the Pharmaceutical Forum of the Americas highlighting their recent efforts in developing campaigns and materials on this topic in the region.

Pharmaceutical Forum of the Americas

The Pharmaceutical Forum of the Americas (PFA) has previously published guidelines and organised campaigns for community pharmacists on the prevention, detection and control of arbovirus infections in 2018 with a grant from the FIP Foundation for Pharmacy Education and Research. Building on that expertise, FIP joined efforts with the PFA and is now publishing its first-ever handbook to support pharmacists in the area of vector-borne diseases. As the integration of the regional forums in FIP advances, such collaborative projects are tangible results of an increasingly regionally informed and regionally targeted work by FIP. To access the PFA resources on VBDs, visit https://forofarmaceutico.org/practica-farmaceutica-2/