The United States Government Gives Boost to Assist the Government of Jamaica’s Control of the Transmission of Mosquito Borne Diseases

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Monday, July 25, 2022
USAID

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 22, 2022

KINGSTON, Jamaica – As part of its support to strengthen local health systems, the United States Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today that it has donated 477 boxes of VectoBac (Bacillius Thuringiensis Israelenis) worth a total of US$303,143 (JM$ 46 million) to the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) mosquito borne disease and prevention program. 

VectoBac is a safe, environmentally friendly larvicide that will reduce the proliferation of the Aedes mosquitos that transmit the Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya viruses. USAID also collaborated with the MOHW on the storage, application, and usage of the larvicide. 

“Supporting the containment of communicable diseases in Jamaica, including mosquito-borne diseases, has been a priority for the United States Government,” said Acting USAID/Jamaica Country Representative Alex Gainer. “Building sustainable disease prevention and mitigation systems requires collaboration. USAID is proud to have partnered with the Ministry of Health and Wellness and believe this contribution will help strengthen the resiliency of the health system, particularly as it relates to infectious disease.”

The U.S. Government continues to provide an integrated approach by partnering with the Government of Jamaica to maintain strong and resilient health systems necessary for achieving sustained positive health outcomes for the people of Jamaica.

 

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Last updated: September 20, 2022

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