This Virgin Gorda community-driven initiative reduces the breeding sites of the Aedes aegypti mosquito that causes diseases such as Zika, dengue, and chikungunya. Outreach education, clean ups and community participation are integrated into safe, data driven vector control operations. After three years of success on Virgin Gorda, we’re partnering with the Government on a BugOut pilot on Tortola.
How we do it
SAFE VECTOR CONTROL
Driven by our Community Vector Control Officers, and developed by some of the world’s best minds on mosquito control efforts, we work to deliver effective, state-of-the-art, and environmentally safe mosquito control efforts. This includes the minimal use of chemical interventions such a lavacides, clean-ups, removal of standing water, repair of infrastructure, and other efforts.
Outreach activities include monthly clean ups, presentations and door to door engagements where we work one on one with homeowners or businesses. All our outreach activities are designed to facilitate pride and ownership of looking after Virgin Gorda and keeping it clean and safe. As a next step, the Adopt a Spot Programme will be launched.
The BugOut programme has created a unique mobile software Application to manage internal and external workflows. Ongoing surveillance and live time data ensures we systematic methods to suppress hotspots and eliminate breeding sites. In addition, annual Knowledge, Attitude and Perception Surveys are conducted.
HIGH RISK PARCELS MINIMIZED
AVERAGE RISK LEVEL (24 MO.)
WHAT YOU CAN DO
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Make your home a mosquito-free zone! You have the power!
We believe that everyone must play a role in local mosquito control and disease prevention efforts – starting at home! BugOut provides the necessary education and support to make everyone a participant. Our BugOut Vector Control team in Virgin Gorda are working with residents and homeowners to directly assist with mosquito control in and around their properties. We have a great list of resources for residents and homeowners, including checklists to help you ensure your home is protected against mosquitoes! – click here to find out about controlling mosquitoes at home and more!
Businesses and workplaces large and small play a vital role in the prevention of vector-borne diseases. Each business on Virgin Gorda should have an action plan for reducing or eliminating Aedes aegypti breeding grounds. This helps improve the safety of both employees and customers! Businesses should follow BugOut’s three C’s:
- Clean-up: Create a dedicated team comprised of ownership and employees to help find and reduce breeding sites on your property;
- Communicate: Post information posters in and around your business property that highlight breeding sites and how to prevent bites;
- Cover-up: Talk about Aedes mosquitoes with your employees and customers – make sure everyone knows where they lay eggs and what they can do to prevent bites.
We know students and education play one of the most important roles in fighting mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases. BugOut is committed to visiting schools routinely throughout the year, presenting creative presentations to school children of all ages to educate, excite, and inspire them to play a direct role in mosquito larval breeding site reduction and overall awareness. Click here for our on our teacher resources. If you want our team to visit, contact us and we’ll send a BugOut representative to your school.
WHAT WE HAVE DONE
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SUCCESS ON VG
We are proud to see the fruits of our labour after three years of the BugOut Programme on Virgin Gorda. Together with the community, we have reduced high risk mosquito breeding sites by 94.9% through a combination of community engagement activities and targeted vector control operations. These efforts have significantly reduced the chances of the spread of mosquito related diseases, keeping VG residents and visitors safer with the added benefit of a cleaner, greener island.
Our unique app provides real-timed data on breeding spots throughout Virgin Gorda. This ensures that our vector control operations are targeted to the highest risk areas increasing our effectiveness, productivity and success.
MoU WITH GOVERNMENT
After three years of success on Virgin Gorda, we’re now working closely with the BVI Government to roll out a BugOut Pilot on Tortola, funded by the Pan American Health Organisation. Link to MoU
EAST END PILOT
In the summer of 2019, Green VI and the BVI Government reached an agreement to carry out a pilot project utilizing the BugOut methodologies in the East End community on Tortola. This area covers approximately 2300 parcels including homes, businesses, community centres, and vacant properties. This information will be used to make informed decisions regarding how best to reduce disease-carrying mosquitoes in the pilot area and extrapolated to inform decisions throughout the territory.
After three years of success on Virgin Gorda, we’re now working closely with the BVI Government to roll out a BugOut Pilot on Tortola, funded by the Pan American Health Organisation. Partnering with the BVI Government, our BugOut team assisted and trained Environmental Health Staff in the methods, procedures, and systems of the BugOut Program. The joint team collected, aggregated, analyzed, and reported key vector-related indices, metrics, outcomes, and data including any new data inputs not measured by government today.
Following the East End Pilot, we aim to continue to partner with the BVI government to implement the program objectives, methodologies and technology model to provide support and increase capacity for vector control, surveillance, and community activation in accordance with the government’s National Strategic Plan for Health.
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