Demonstration of Sustainable Alternatives to DDT and Strengthening of National Vector Control Capabilities in Middle East and North Africa

Project Summary

The long-term objective of the project is to reduce the reliance on DDT without increasing the occurrence of vector-borne diseases (VBD), and to promote appropriate vector control management practices by strengthening capacities of countries to sustainably implement environmentally sound alternatives. The project objectives are to: (i) demonstrate the viability, availability, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the alternatives to use of DDT; (ii) promote the replication of the good practices and demonstrated alternatives in the countries selected and elsewhere; and (iii) build capacity in each country to plan and design application of alternatives based on the principles of integrated vector management (IVM). The alternatives to be considered will mostly be non chemical-based and will include the following:- Biological control; - Environmental management (including water sanitation and irrigation management);- Insecticide treated nets; and- Combination of the above with supportive insecticide use.This will lead to significant and sustainable reductions in the vector-borne disease burdens of the countries of the region and at the same time ensure the protection of the environment and human health by reducing the use of DDT and other insecticides.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
United Nations Environment Programme
Executing Agencies
WHO Regional Office for Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO); Ministries of Health of the participating countries
GEF Period:
GEF - 4
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
650,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
4,913,114 USD
Co-financing Total
8,416,402 USD
GEF Agency Fees
500,680 USD
Total Cost 13,979,516.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
02 Jun 2004
Preparation Grant Approved
18 Oct 2004
Concept Approved
01 Jun 2007
Project Approved for Implementation
07 Jul 2008
Project closed
31 Dec 2014