“The world is rapidly changing. Global issues such as biodiversity loss, climate change and deforestation have profound and long-term implications for the spread and control of vector-borne diseases.
Rising temperatures will widen the global distribution of vectors such as Aedes mosquitoes, putting millions more people at risk of dengue and other arboviruses.
Urbanisation is creating more habitats for vectors such as Anopheles stephensi which has recently invaded African countries, rapidly becoming established as one of the primary malaria vector in urban areas.
Globalisation and deforestation are driving greater interactions between humans and animal hosts and vectors, increasing the risk of zoonotic disease.
It is likely that a vector borne disease could cause the next pandemic.
As COP27 gets underway this week, now is the time to boldly innovate, accelerate our understanding of the intersection between climate and health, and develop a sustainable ‘One Health’ approach to vector control.”