Emergency Vector Control Workshop

Vector Control Workshop - BarbadosThe Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Barbados and the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC) have collaborated in organizing the Emergency Vector Control Workshop Agenda, during the period of 13 - 15 October 2010, at the Grand Barbados Beach Resort.

Thirty-six participants from 19 Caribbean countries, including eight from Barbados, are attending this workshop with the aim of improving vector control in the context of emergencies throughout the Caribbean, with a special focus on the current dengue epidemic season. The workshop will enhance the capacity of participating vector control managers to assess, plan, implement and evaluate local vector control programs according to a comprehensive management approach. 

This workshop features presentations by experts in international health regulations, vector control in the Caribbean, port health coordination, disasters, risk communication, media, vector control equipment, and national emergency vector control plans. There will also be opportunities for representatives from different countries to share their experiences and to discuss with national and sub-regional counterparts. A field trip has been scheduled for October 15th to allow participants to gain practical knowledge of vector control equipment and the application of eco-friendly larvicides.

Participants will apply the knowledge and skills acquired during the workshop upon returning to their countries, strengthening national capacity in emergency vector control, and heightening the level of preparedness for dengue and other vector-borne disease outbreaks.

The first day of the workshop falls on the International Day for Disaster Reduction. Improving vector control in emergencies is a concrete way to reduce the health impact of disasters. This year’s theme is “Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready!” For more information, visit: