Community Based Mosquito Vector Prevention Model : Conceptual Approach to Mitigating the Risk of Mosquito threats Thru Community Empowerment and Education
Organization:Batasan Hills National High School
Student(s):Alyzza Yzzabel N. Fatalla, and Josiah Diosanta
Grade Level:Middle School (grades 6-8, ages 11-14)
GLOBE Teacher:Joan Bilasano Callope
Contributors:Babie Noreen P. Clemente
Report Type(s):International Virtual Science Symposium Report, Mission Mosquito Report
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The Philippines is exposed to risks of mosquito-borne diseases such as Dengue, Malaria, Zika, Chikungunya, Japanese Encephalitis, and Filariasis. Dengue and Malaria are major public health concern in the Philippines and is endemic in all regions of the country with seasonal outbreaks occurring during the wet season, while other incidences of other mosquito- borne diseases are mostly confined to certain areas in the country. Although there are 279 known species, subspecies and varieties of mosquitoes in the Philippines, three (3) are mostly widely known for their medical importance as vectors of deadly diseases — these are: these are Culex sp. (Filariasis), Anopheles sp. (Malaria) and Aedes sp.(Dengue). All three (3) specie of mosquitoes are covered and targeted by the GLOBE Mosquito Protocol.
Despite significant advances and accomplishments in the global fight against mosquito borne diseases, mosquitos remain as the most deadliest animal in the world, killing more than 725,000 people worldwide every year, and infecting hundreds of millions of people (WHO, 2017). Third world countries like the Philippines is most vulnerable to such risk. In 2017, the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) listed the Philippines as among Areas “With Risk of Zika Infection” — such advisory remains today.
This paper is the first of a series of “community engagement” and “action research” project being conducted by faculty and students of Batasan Hills National High School in Quezon City, Philippines, whose aim is to develop a practicable, sustainable and scalable Community Based Mosquito Vector Prevention Model that can be adopted by local communities, with the GLOBE protocols at its core.
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