Specific project objectives are the development and validation of:
- Procedures for the pre and post deployment evaluation of human and environmental safety of genetic control of malaria and dengue fever.
- Guidance to DEC’s on Ethical, legal and social issues (ELSI) of a genetic control method policy and their relationship to relevant regulatory principles.
- Identification of characteristics of potential release sites affecting efficacy and risk benefit
- Relevance, suitability and accessibility of the guidance in order to enhance the capacity for DECS for application of best practice
The four objectives will be achieved through a series of modules (M1-7), with expert subgroups from the Network drafting each module based on experience, external consultation, literature, and any new findings over the period of the project.
Module 1: Overview of technology options, social and regulatory issues
Module 2: Technology research and production phase
Module 3: Pre-deployment country decisions
Module 4: Data handling and environmental monitoring (baseline and post deployment)
Module 5: Field survey on attitudes for alternative control methods
Module 6: Capacity building curricula from Modules 1-5
Module 7: Prototype issues/response model