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Nicaragua Roadmap

In search of a sustainable path to dengue prevention

Dengue outbreaks are happening with ever-increasing frequency in Central America and Mexico. Traditional dengue control policies, based on the use of chemical products, have not succeeded in preventing the spread of the disease and its carrier, the Aedes mosquito. The current trend is toward strategies that encourage community participation. The challenge is to show that community participation strategies actually have an impact on dengue illness.

In 2011 and 2012, CIET and the University of California at Berkeley conducted a randomised controlled trial in Nicaragua and Mexico, together with partners in both countries, to test the success of
community mobilisation for sustainable control of the Aedes mosquito. We call this initiative a "green path" (Camino Verde) to dengue prevention.

The results of the Camino Verde trial were published in the BMJ (British Medical Journal) in July 2015. See: http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/bmj.h3267.

Highlights

Second cycle of peer-to-peer monitoring in Managua

In January 2012 the second cycle of peer-to-peer monitoring took place in Managua. Each brigade meas...

Managua residents build a road in their neighbourhood using tires

When the facilitators leave the neighbourhoods in the care of residents and SEPA brigades, a critica...

Camino Verde in Managua and Guerrero schools

Camino Verde’s SEPA brigades give special attention to primary and secondary schools in their inte...

Biological control of dengue with fish in Guerrero

The idea of using fish to control mosquito breeding arose when we were presenting the results of the...

Photo Galleries

Cleaning up in public places in Guerrero
Visits to schools in Guerrero
Cleaning up in public places in Guerrero

Videos

SEPA brigade during a dengue prevention fair in Managua
Popular Theater for the prevention of dengue in Mexico