The ongoing climate crisis is already having a severe impact on the lives of millions of people, particularly affecting vulnerable populations in low-income settings. Owing to the changing climate and unpredictable extreme weather events, many vector-borne diseases (VBDs) such as malaria or dengue, which are already affecting billions of people worldwide, are projected to affect an even larger proportion of humanity across a wider geographical spread.

As the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) enters its second week in Glasgow, Scotland, Arctech Innovation and the Global Vector Hub, are calling for strengthened collaborations, increased funding and improved capacity to address the interlinked challenges of climate change and VBDs and to mitigate their impact.

In particular, we call for:

1. Increased funding in research, development and testing of novel methods to prevent, detect and control VBDs;

2. Strengthened intersectoral collaboration, particularly with the private sector, and sharing of data, resources and information among stakeholders;

3. Fully implementing the WHO’s Global Vector Control Response 2017-2030 (GVCR) strategy;

4. Strengthening health systems and building capacity at national and community levels.

The Global Vector Hub aims to be instrumental in improving epidemic preparedness by building capacity for vector control globally, establish a community of practice for vector control interventions, and enable stakeholders to make evidence-based decisions.

Arctech Innovation will radically transform the public health landscape by developing innovative and sustainable products that provide superior diagnostic capabilities for the detection of diseases, such as malaria and COVID-19, and novel tools that detect, or protect against, mosquitoes and other pests and pathogen-transmitting insects.

As the world is watching COP26, we urge the global community to take decisive and sustained actions on climate change to protect vulnerable communities from vector-borne diseases and other neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), as well as other diseases such as COVID-19 that indirectly negatively impact vector-borne diseases. By curbing emissions, minimising the impact of the climate crisis, and building long-term resilience against secondary effects, we can thus protect thousands of lives from infectious diseases and strengthen healthcare systems worldwide.

Dr Robert Jones,  Head of Social Impact at Arctech Innovation and Assistant Professor at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine says: “COP26 has drawn worldwide attention to the threat of climate change. As more research emerges it becomes ever clearer that the impacts of climate change are wide ranging. Of particular concern to us at Arctech Innovation and the Global Vector Hub is the impact of diseases transmitted by mosquitoes. Warmer climates mean more rapid development cycles and the expansion of their normal range, exposing even more people to mosquito-borne disease. Action and investment are needed to address these challenges.”