Maldives health situation analysis:
In June 2011 four children died in two days as a result of dengue fever and it is expected that the total number of cases will surpass that of 2006.
Dengue elimination strategy proposed by Soper Strategies:
We propose a vector elimination campaign based on larviciding (biopesticides Bacillus thuringiensis isrealensis & Spinosad, insect growth regulator pyriproxyfen) and rigorous source reduction. Considering the presence of many breeding sites in peri-domestic waste that holds rainwater, Soper Strategies proposes to link a waste management campaign to the vector elimination campaign. Following the elimination campaign we propose to set up an intensive mosquito monitoring campaign using both oviposition traps and adult mosquito traps. New introduction of mosquitos can then be detected quickly, and a quick reaction force can eliminate the new sources accordingly.
This strategy should keep the people of the Maldives dengue free and the economically essential tourist sector healthy and prospering.