The Ministry of Health and Wellness has partnered with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) to develop a new model for community-based vector control initiatives, aimed at empowering communities to play a more robust role in vector control efforts.
The partnership comes in the face of spikes in vector borne diseases throughout the Caribbean, with Zika virus, Dengue fever and Chikungunya posing a continuing threat to health.
According to a Ministry of Health release, CARPHA has contracted consultant Grey Frandsen to develop a community based vector control model for the region.
Frandsen believes that if the Caribbean is going to advance against the vector that transmits Dengue Fever and Chikungunya, Zika, West Nile virus and Yellow fever and make any progress, it would be the result of activating communities and citizens in the fight.
On Wednesday Frandsen met with representatives of the agriculture, business and tourism sectors as well as Community Development officials to discuss and develop possible strategies and recommendations to mobilise communities and improve community participation in vector control projects.
According to the Ministry of Health, the consultation is expected to assist with a reduction in the proliferation of mosquitoes and vector borne diseases in communities around the island.