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Table 1 The questionnaire

From: Status of pesticide management in the practice of vector control: a global survey in countries at risk of malaria or other major vector-borne diseases

  Question   Positive response n
1 Is there a national vector control unit or core group with the responsibility for all vector control activities? 69% 110
2 Is there a national integrated vector management (IVM) policy for vector-bone disease control? 62% 110
3 Does the Ministry of Health (MoH) use or make reference to the International Code* in the management of public health pesticides? 72% 106
4 Is susceptibility of vectors used as a basis for selection of pesticides? 85% 103
5 Is there a national guidance document for procurement of pesticides for vector control? 52% 110
6 Is procurement of pesticides by MoH, for vector control programmes, centralized? 88% 105
7 Is there any other agency or authority that procures pesticides for vector control? 64% 110
8 Is procurement of vector control pesticide products by the MoH restricted to those recommended by WHOPES? 81% 109
9 Is procurement of vector control pesticide products by the MoH carried out through public tenders? 76% 109
10 Are after-sale stewardship commitments**, incorporated as a condition in procurement of vector control pesticide products? 53% 109
11 Are WHO quality standards for public health pesticide products (i.e. WHO specification) included in procurement requirements by the MoH? 90% 107
12 Is quality control (pre- and/or post-shipment) of vector control pesticide products required for procurements by the MoH? 77% 106
13 Is the use of appropriate personal protective equipment mandatory for vector control pesticide applicators? 87% 108
14 Is personal protective equipment made available to applicators of vector control pesticide operations by the MoH? 87% 107
15 Is there a certification scheme for pesticide applicators in vector-borne disease control programmes? 40% 107
16 Are there any national guidelines for health monitoring of pesticide applicators in vector control operations? 43% 108
17 Is there a national programme to monitor applicator exposure to pesticides used in vector control operations? 26% 107
18 Is there a national scheme for quality control of pesticide application equipment for vector control (including space spray equipment)? 35% 110
19 Are WHO quality standards for vector control pesticide application equipment used in the quality control of such equipment? 67% 109
20 Are records of vector control pesticide product usage available to the MoH at the national (central) level? 79% 110
21 Have those responsible for decision-making and implementation of vector control activities received certified training in:   
  a. vector control? All 21% 109
   Part 75% 109
   None 4% 109
  b. sound management of public health pesticides? All 16% 109
   Part 79% 109
   None 5% 109
22 Is there any national information and awareness programme, for the public, on use of public health pesticides? 41% 107
23 Does the MoH have guidance document(s) for disposal of vector control pesticide waste? 42% 107
24 Does the MoH have guidance document(s) for disposal of vector control pesticide containers? 38% 107
  1. Questions as formulated in the questionnaire, with the percentage of countries giving a positive response to each question, and the number of countries responding to each question (n).
  2. *The International Code of Conduct on the Distribution and Use of Pesticides
  3. **E.g. information packages and training