Caribbean Awareness Week

 

 

8- 14 May, 2017

 

Bringing the Region together to stop the spread of Zika and protect our communities against other diseases spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito including Dengue and Chikungunya.

 

 
 
 
 

Toolkit

 

Click here for materials to help with the planning of your country's events and activities.

 
 
 

Resources


Here is a list of useful links on mosquito control and the prevention of diseases including Zika..

 
 
 

Activities

 

Find out what our member states have been doing for Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week.

 
 
 

Contacts

 

Click here for the contact details of CARPHA, PAHO/WHO and CARICOM.

 

 

About Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week

 
At the 17th meeting of the CARICOM Heads of Government in November 2014, the Heads approved a proposal submitted for the establishment of an annual “Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week”.  With the emergence of Zika virus (ZIKV) in the Region, we now face a significant new health and economic security threat, particularly as most of our countries are dependent on tourism. The likelihood of a rapid spread of ZIKV throughout the Caribbean region is high due to:
  • the presence and high infestation levels of the Aedes aegypti vector in all countries;
  • the lack of immunity in the Caribbean populations to ZIKV; and
  • frequent travel between countries with ZIKV circulation confirmed and those which are still deemed free of ZIKV.
The main objective of the Mosquito Awareness Week is to strengthening existing initiatives and mobilise the public to take action in eliminating mosquito breeding sites in public and private places. Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week, the first of its kind in the Americas, is being led through a joint collaboration between CARPHA, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and CARICOM, during the second week of May.  This year the event runs from 8 - 14 May and is themed “Small Bite, Big Threat,” its slogan being “Fight the bite, destroy mosquito breeding sites.”

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Activities Around the Region

 

Check out some of the great activities member states have organised for Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week.

 
 
 

Aedes Aegypti
 

Anguilla

 

Mosquito awareness is a key priority in Anguilla now with the threat of Zika landing on their shores. In schools preschool children drew pictures to illustrate how they are eliminating mosquitos around their homes. This picture was drawn by pre-schooler Sion Thomas, showing an inspector, getting rid of mosquitoes in the backyard.

 
 
 
 

Aedes Albopictus
 

Saint Lucia

 

Throughout Caribbean Mosquito Awareness week the Ministry of Health in Saint Lucia will be undertaking activities in communities around the island. Clean up campaigns will be conducted in target communities, as well as the installation of pipes on water drums and barrels to improve water storage. Community residents will be trained in how to make effective drum covers. Lecture presentations and interactive sessions will be conducted in both English and Creole. There will also be community sensitisation and mobilisation campaigns held throughout the week. Residents of all ages are getting involved, including the school children pictured here holding key messages on mosquito awareness.

 
 
 
 
 

Aedes Vigilax
 

Trinidad and Tobago

 

Monday the 9th of May marks the official launch of Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week 2016. The launch is being held at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) grounds in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Remarks will be delivered by each of the three campaign partners CARPHA, PAHO and CARICOM, as well as by the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Health. This launch is the beginning of an annual event which will bring nations in the region together in the fight against mosquito borne diseases.