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Apr 8, 2016

Workshop on Vector Borne Diseases Concludes in Belize City

A timely workshop on risk communication and community engagement around vector control and prevention of ZIKA, dengue and CHIKUNGUNYA concluded today at the Biltmore Plaza in Belize City. UNICEF is training stakeholders, particularly the municipal authorities involved in child friendly municipalities, on vector control interventions to prevent the communicable diseases. UNICEF says the key components of the training focused on socio-cultural and environmental factors that put residents at risk. The development of a preparedness plan for the municipalities was discussed at the workshop which started on Thursday. 

 

Maximilliano Sani, Communication Development Specialist, UNICEF

Maximilliano Sani

“The government is worried and they are trying to improve the preparedness for ZIKA. So what we are going to do today and tomorrow is support municipalities to develop their own risk communication and community engagement plans in order to have actions that could improve the prevention of not having ZIKA affecting the communities. One of the key components will be to identify which are the problems, which are the barriers to change adaptation in the communities and what we can do to also avert the situation. So the idea is that we’ll also got to the field to visit the families, interview them, understand a little bit what are their worries around ZIKA and also around dengue and CHIKUNGUNYA since we know it’s the same mosquito that carries these three diseases. So it is to listen to the worries of the population at the same time set up objectives for prevention and develop concrete plans in each municipality. The idea is that we are going to work with the communication component, but also that the chemical vector control that the Ministry of Health is doing is not effective unless the communities are participating in the removal of waste, any water container at the household level could be a mosquito breeding site. So we have to really sensitize the community to remove this potential threat.”

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1 Response for “Workshop on Vector Borne Diseases Concludes in Belize City”

  1. Kriol Chicken says:

    Run for the hills! We’re all doomed!

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