Funding being provided by the EU to fight mosquito-borne diseases in the Caribbean

The European Union is providing a grant of Euro 4.1 million (One Euro=US$1.29 cents) to the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) to continue supporting efforts to combat mosquito-borne diseases in the Caribbean region.

“The EU remains committed to assisting the region with health security especially when mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika and dengue threaten both the health of the regional population and general productivity, as well as the important tourism sector,” said the EU Ambassador Daniela Tramacere.

“The EU remains committed to assisting the region with health security.”

— EU Ambassador Daniela Tramacere

“This grant will ensure that CARPHA together with its member states can respond effectively to the potential threat that these diseases pose,” she added.

Strengthen vector control programmes

CARPHA executive director, Dr Joy St John, said she is pleased that “we are implementing this very important initiative which will allow CARPHA to address many of the elements of capacity building that the Caribbean needs, such as laboratory strengthening, training in integrated vector management, insecticide resistance testing and behaviour change interventions.

“In light of current outbreaks of dengue, this is a boost to CARPHA’s support to countries at this time,” she said.

The EU said that the assistance will be channelled through a four-year health strengthening programme designed to further improve the prevention, detection and control of outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases such as zika and dengue.

The project will involve activities to strengthen vector control programmes in CARPHA member states, in addition to the institutional capacity for detection, as well as regional coordination in response to possible related infectious outbreaks.