Caribbean Awareness Week



Bringing the Region together to protect communities against diseases such as Dengue, Chikungunya, Zika spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.


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 9 - 15 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



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.

Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia

The Aedes Albopictus is a mosquito native to the tropical and subtropical areas of Southeast Asia; however, in the past couple of decades this species has spread to many countries through the transport of goods and international travel. This mosquito is known for the transmission of many viral pathogens, including the Yellow Fever Virus, Zika Virus, Dengue Fever, West Nile Virus and Chikungunya. Symtoms include fever, rash, intense headache, muscular and joint pain, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, rashes, severe disease with haemorrhages and shock syndrome.