Ghana tests new WHO approved insecticide

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Ghana Health Service has introduced a new insecticide,  Sumishield 50WG, as part of a pilot scheme which runs until June.  This follows prequalificati...

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Ghana Health Service has introduced a new insecticide,  Sumishield 50WG, as part of a pilot scheme which runs until June.  This follows prequalification f the insecticide by the World Health Organisation last year.

It is expecting it to benefit 400,000 households this year in the framework of the $65.1 million, next generation NgenIRS project. The project funded by by Unitaid, aims to create a sustainable market for new, third-generation insecticides at affordable prices between 2016-2020 — but until now, there has been only one such insecticide available.

 “This is the largest Sumishield 50WG pilot so far, and the first one in West Africa,” Unitaid Technical Manager Alexandra Cameron said.

At the launch of the initiative in Accra in May, Ghana’s Deputy Minister of Health Tina Mensah pointed out that the development means they “can now implement WHO’s Global Plan for Insecticide Resistance Management in Malaria Vectors,” launched in 2012.

Rotating insecticides is one of the key strategies to manage resistance, but this wasn’t previously possible with just one third-generation insecticide available — Actellic 300CS, an agrochemical compound which had been reformulated for use in global health and launched in 2016 with the support of NgenIRS.

Last year, the project supported the procurement of some 4 million bottles of Actellic 300CS, protecting an estimated 52.2 million people across Africa, according to the Innovative Vector Control Consortium.

Sumishield 50WG is the second new-generation compound to enter the market. Unlike previous alternatives, this nonpyrethroid insecticide has a completely new mode of action and lasts for nine months.

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