Spotlight Series: Insecticide Resistance and Research on Chagas and Dengue Vectors

PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre Spotlight Series 

Reference Number: ARG-29

Official Title: PAHO/WHO CC for Insecticide Resistance and Insecticide Research on Chagas and Dengue Vectors
Institution: Centro de Investigaciones de Plagas e Insecticidas (CIPEIN)


Category 1 (SP 14-19)

Outcome 4, 12 (SP 20-25)


Dr. Haroldo Bezerra, Regional Advisor, Public Health Entomology, is the PAHO staff member who acts as the Region’s focal point to coordinate the collaboration between the institution and the Organization.

The main activities for this Centre include: (1) supporting the development and implementation of the Americas network of laboratories in health systems; (2) conducting training on the establishment of a Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) laboratory; (3) conducting research that supports the development of research protocols of insecticide use and resistance; and (4) supporting new technologies for entomology and vector control.

The Centre at CIPEIN supports PAHO in the development and implementation of the Americas network of laboratories to monitor susceptibility and resistance of vector-borne diseases. The Centre also participates in the training of Good Laboratory Practice Workshop: Development of Laboratory Quality Management Systems, that was recently offered in Brazil and Mexico to build capacity on the implementation of GLP. The Centre is also involved in the production of insecticide impregnated filter papers for testing which can later be disseminated for use around the world. The Centre is currently undergoing the GLP certification process to increase the regional capacity to test new insecticides and develop new protocols for the use of pesticide investigation in the Americas.

The institution has produced several publications including:

Investigate the susceptibility of pseudopunctipennis to Temephos, Permethrin, and Eucalyptus nitens Essential Oil

Behavioral Assay for Larvae of pseudopunctipennis and Aedes aegypti

N-substituted methyl maleamates as larvicidal compounds against Aedes aegypti

Webnotes such as these serve to inform on how CCs are contributing to the Organization’s priorities and mandates.