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Dengue Fever Prevention
 
 
El dengue
 
Dengue fever is a mosquito (Aedes Aegypti)-borne infectious disease with symptoms including high fever and muscle and joint pains, which may develop into the life-threatening dengue hemorrhagic fever. Tartagal has been classified by the Health Ministry as a very high-risk area in terms of dengue fever.
 
Our Program
 

Since 2009, we have been working with Mundo Sano Foundation to mitigate the risk of indigenous cases of dengue fever in Tartagal by reducing the number of Aedes Aegypti populations. This vector-control program is also sponsored by the local municipality, the Juan Domingo Perón Hospital from Tartagal and the National Health Ministry.

The project encompasses the design and implementation of initiatives that feed on local ecological information and scientific research components. The control strategy is based on the inspection of dwellings to identify, treat and/ or eliminate potential breeding grounds.

Moreover, awareness-raising campaigns have been deployed, to increase preventive measures. Dissemination materials have been translated into local languages, seeking to inform aboriginal communities about this problem.

This program was recognized with the Emprendedor Solidario Award (Social Ecumenical Forum) and the 2015 CCIFA-RSE Award (French-Argentinean Chamber of Commerce and Industry).

Outcomes 2015
 

  • 14,276 home visits to control outbreaks of dengue fever and breeding grounds.
  • Reduction of larval infestation rates during the periods of greater epidemiological risk of transmission (summer-autumn)
  • 75% reduction of the amount of larvicide used in vector control.
  • In 2009, the Provincial Hospital in Tartagal recorded 665 confirmed cases of dengue. In 2015, no cases of dengue fever were recorded in the city.