Knowledge on mosquito-borne disease
In the Caribbean, mosquito-borne diseases are a public health threat. In Sint-Eustatius, dengue, Chikungunya and Zika are now endemic. To control and prevent mosquito-borne diseases, the Sint Eustatius Public Health Department relies on the community to assist with the control of Aedes aegypti mosquito. Community based interventions are not always simple, as community perceptions and responses shape actions and influence behavioural responses.
The aim of this study was to determine how the Sint-Eustatius population perceives the Aedes aegypti mosquito, mosquito-borne diseases and prevention and control measures and hypothesized that increased knowledge of the virus, vector, control and prevention should result in a lower AQ1 prevalence and incidence of mosquito-borne diseases.
We are very proud of the scientific work of Dr Teresa Leslie, Doctor in Biological Anthropology, one of the key innovation stakeholders in Sint-Eustatius. You may find herewith attached the article. An analysis of community perceptions of mosquito borne disease control and prevention in Sint Eustatius Caribbean Netherlands