A new competition has been launched to find initiatives and campaigns that help to combat dengue fever by integrating the new vaccine into the anti-dengue arsenal.
Dengue fever causes nearly 400 million infections annually, impacting half of the world’s population. The WHO aims to reduce dengue mortality by 50% and morbidity by 25% by 2020.
New tools, including the world’s first vaccine, innovative vector control measures and smarter surveillance systems could be game-changers. But only if we use them.
For these technologies to improve public health, community-based programs will play a key role. The scope for behavioural changing interventions is considerable.
The €10,000 Break Dengue Community Action Prize is run by Break Dengue, a non-profit organization connecting dengue projects from around the world so that together they can have a bigger impact.
The organisers are looking for pilot initiatives or simply ideas to design and test new approaches to integrating a dengue vaccine as part of a holistic plan to combat dengue. These ideas or initiatives should ideally identify, understand and address community-level drivers and barriers for dengue vaccine integration, its sustained uptake and/or compliance.
These issues will be discussed at a roundtable at the Aid & Development Asia Summit in Bangkok on June 21 at 15:30 pm at the UN Conference Center, session “Dengue Vaccination: Drivers, Barriers, and How to Overcome Possible Barriers to Its Adoption”. This is an opportunity for participants to learn more about this topic and to find inspiration for new initiatives. A report on the meeting will be shared on Break Dengue.
Click here to enter this €10,000 prize.