Bringing the Region together to protect communities against diseases such as Dengue, Chikungunya, Zika spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
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’.At the 17th Special Session of the CARICOM Heads of
Government on public health threats in November 2014, the Heads approved a proposal for the
establishment of an annual "Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week”, to be observed by Member States with
support of CARPHA, CARICOM Secretariat in partnership with PAHO. The annual event is a collaborative
initiative between the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM),
and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).The event is designed to strengthen existing
initiatives in the Region and mobilise the public and communities 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: