It is our pleasure to invite you to 13th conference on Vector and Vector Borne Diseases being organized by the National Academy of Vector Borne Diseases (NAVBD) under the auspices of Central University of Tamil Nadu (CUTN). The conference will showcase advances and good practices on vector borne diseases. We are sure that this event will provide a unique opportunity for everyone involved to learn about the latest developments in this rapidly expanding and changing field. It will be a unique platform to foster knowledge sharing and exchange of experiences. We look forward to welcome you to Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, India and seek your participation in making this a grand success.
Vector borne diseases (VBDs ) are major public health problems particularly in tropical and sub-tropical regions. Many VBDs are considered diseases of the poor since it is endemic in lowincome groups or in areas where the vicious cycle of diseases and poverty exists. While all these diseases are preventable and curable, the disease burden and economic impact are very high and unacceptable in this modern era. Some of these diseases are fatal if not treated, while others leave patients disfigured and disabled. They account for 17% of the estimated global burden of all infectious diseases. There were an estimated 207 million cases with 627,000 deaths due to Malaria in the world in 2012. The world's fastest growing vector borne disease is Dengue, with a 30 fold increase in disease incidence over the last 50 years.
Japanese Encephalitis (JE) is a leading cause of viral encephalitis and its distribution is very significantly linked to irrigated rice production combined with pig rearing. Chikungunya occurs in Africa and Asia, including the Indian subcontinent. An estimated 120 million people in 73 countries are currently infected with Filariasis. Kalaazar is endemic in more than 60 countries, with a total of 200 million people at risk. Many vector borne diseases and arboviral infections are emerging and reemerging. Efficient and effective implementation of current tools led to significant reduction of Malaria, Kala-azar and Lymphatic Filariasis and these diseases are now being targeted for elimination. However, additional tools and innovative delivery mechanisms to implement existing interventions and those that may be available in the near future are needed to accelerate control towards elimination and prevent resurgence of transmission. The theme of the World Health Day 2014 was “Vector Borne Diseases”. Considering the importance of the VBDs, the National Academy of Vector Borne Diseases (NAVBD) will be organizing the “13th Conference on Vectors and Vector Borne Diseases” from 27th Feb to 1st March 2017,at Chennai, under the auspices of the Central University of Tamil Nadu, Thiruvarur.