|The International Dengue Task Force: Dedicated to the Fight against Dengue|
The International Dengue Task Force was created through the Resolution CD44-R9, of the PAHO Direcitve Council (2003) and supports the efforts made by the countries to face Dengue, one of the biggest healths issues in our society. The International Dengue Task Force is incorporated to the work in the countries, to modify the current practices and put underway the new strategy of integrated management for the dengue prevention and control. This new strategy is horizontal, intersectoral, inter-programmatic and seeking to change those behaviors that make up the conditioning risk factors for dengue.
Background: In 2001, the PAHO Directing Council adopted Resolution CD43.R4, a political declaration responding to the alarming situation involving dengue. This resolution constitutes a frame of reference for the new generation of programs for the prevention and control of this disease, which share the paradigm of health promotion with emphasis on coordinated activities between the government, the health sector, the economic and social sectors, nongovernmental organizations, and any and all associations—be they traditional or new—capable of helping to strengthen the national prevention and control programs. The activities generated should have as their objective promoting behavioral change, both individual and collective, in all that is related to a better environmental arrangement in relation to preventing dengue.
Rationale for the Formation of the Task Force: By responding to the situation at hand, in the current context of change and following new orientations regarding the ways and means necessary to apply for PAHO technical cooperation, an integrated disease management model was proposed that includes a new form of technical cooperation, with the creation of the International Dengue Task Force (GT-Dengue, from its acronym in Spanish). The GT-Dengue International Task Force is a group of experts whose starting point is to conduct an integrated analysis of the current regional situation, who will join the workforce in the countries to work together to modify existing practices and implement the new Integrated Strategy for Dengue Prevention and Control (EGI-Dengue, also from its acronym in Spanish). This new strategy is horizontal, intersectoral, interprogrammatic, seeking to change those behaviors that make up the conditioning risk factors for dengue. GT-Dengue International, as a means of technical cooperation to deal with dengue, was adopted at the annual meeting of the Directing Council on 26 September 2003 by the PAHO Member Countries, through Resolution CD44.R9.
The Team: GT-Dengue International is made up of a professional team with experience in each area mentioned as a component in the Strategy of Integrated Management, namely:
Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization