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Zika Research Projects List: Applying and scaling dengue vector control lessons to Zika – ATD-Prevention (Aedes transmitted diseases Prevention)

Year of publication: 2017-1



  • Fundación Santa Fe de Bogota. Bogotá, Colombia
  • University of Ceará (Brazil)
  • University of Yucatan (Mexico)
  • Fundación Santa Fe de Bogota (Colombia)


Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico are the three Latin-American countries with the highest number of dengue cases in the last few years. These countries have also faced outbreaks of Chikungunya (2014-2015) and Zika (2015-2016), all three diseases transmitted by the vector Aedes aegypti. The University of Ceará, Fundacion Santa Fe de Bogotá, and University of Yucatán have had recent positive experiences in implementing Aedes aegypti eco-bio-social control strategies funded by TDR and IDRC. This proposal aims to scale-up participatory interventions targeting the surveillance, prevention and control of Aedes transmitted diseases in three municipalities, namely Fortaleza (Brazil), Armenia (Colombia), and Merida (Mexico). Multidisciplinary teams will collect epidemiological and entomological indicators at the beginning, mid-term, and end of the project in a household sample of the intervention and control area to assess the impact of the intervention. The project will also assess the governance process and outcomes and will estimate the costs of the interventions compared to the vector control program and the cost effectiveness of the scaled intervention. A complementary feature will be the design and implementation of a participatory novel surveillance system to improve case detection. Qualitative methods will be used to assess the acceptance of the intervention and to describe factors affecting the scaling up. State and municipal agencies, as well as NGOs, community based organizations and academic institutions will act as key players co-leading the scaling up of the interventions. Local and national resources have been committed for the implementation of the project. Based on the previous work in the three cities, strong links were developed with relevant strategic stakeholders that will mitigate potential risks associated with the political and administrative context. The project is expected to make a significant contribution to the prevention of Zika, Chikungunya and dengue disease through novel vector control and surveillance interventions.

General Category: Public Health Interventions

Specific Category: PUBLIC HEALTH. Prevention and risk communication

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Tags and Keywords: Aedes vectors, Chikungunya, Cost effectiveness, Dengue, Interventions, New approaches, Surveillance, Transmission, Vector control, ZIKV , Brazil; Colombia; Mexico; intervention packages;