SINT MAARTEN/CARIBBEAN - With the continued presence of mosquito borne diseases such as Dengue and Chikungunya, and the arrival of Zika in the Region, it is a crucial time to bring the Region together to ‘fight the bite’.
Mosquito Awareness Week, is an effort of the countries and territories in the Region of the Americas, to raise awareness about the connection between mosquitoes and the diseases they transmit, such as dengue, chikungunya, Zika, yellow fever, and malaria, and to work with the community to prevent mosquito breeding.
For prevention in the home, male and female heads of households are called on to reduce the number of key mosquito breeding sites found in homes.
This year Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week event takes place from the 7th to the 13th of May 2018.
The annual event is a collaborative initiative between the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
The event is designed to strengthen existing initiatives in the Region and mobilise the public to take action and eliminate mosquito breeding sites.
The overall theme ‘Small bite, big threat’ and the slogan ‘Fight the bite, destroy mosquito breeding sites’, remains the same.
The objectives of Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week are: to promote education, awareness and community participation in vector control; to promote communication and cooperation; to maintain vector control activities on the political and community agenda; and to serve as platform for integrated activities.