GIS:-Various Sector Stakeholders Discussed Strategies for Improving Community Participation.
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.
Vector borne illnesses such as zika, dengue fever, and chikungunya continue to threaten the health and wellness of communities, especially because the Caribbean region has experienced spikes in vector borne diseases over the years.
The domestic environment has been identified as one of the major sources contributing to the proliferation of the vector population on island. Community engagement and participation is therefore a key component of controlling the vector population. To this end, CARPH contracted Consultant Grey Frandsen to develop a community-based vector control model for the region.
“If the Caribbean is going to advance against the vector that transmits dengue fever, chikungunya, zika, west nile, and yellow fever, and if we are going to make any progress, it would be because we are activating our communities and our citizens in the fight,” Mr Frandsen said. “If we do not do that and we continue with the same old things we have been doing over the last few decades, we will not sustain any progress. So we’re here to build a new construct, a new framework, for how Caribbean nations and territories can activate communities and begin a new era of this fight.”
On Aug. 29, Mr. Frandsen met with a number of stakeholders from the agriculture, business, tourism, and community development sectors to discuss and develop possible strategies and recommendations to mobilize communities and improve community participation with vector control projects.
The conclusion of this consultation is therefore expected to assist with a reduction in the proliferation of mosquitoes and other vector borne diseases in communities around the island.