Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay Collaborate on “Triple Frontier” – A Three-Country GLOBE Zika Education and Prevention Project Training
In August, Zika virus mitigation efforts extended across international borders as Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay held a joint “Triple Frontier” Country Mosquito Training (CMT) in support of the GLOBE Zika Education and Prevention project.
The project, funded by the U.S. Department of State, enlists citizen scientists in 22 Zika-affected countries in the collection of data on mosquitoes for a global mapping project. Data is being collected using the Mosquito Habitat Mapper, a protocol within the GLOBE Observer App. Over the course of this project and beyond, mosquito breeding site and larvae identification data submitted to the app will be used by public health officials and engaged citizens to prevent future outbreaks and to educate people about the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne infectious diseases.
For the Triple Frontier CMT, 63 participants (7 from Argentina, 14 from Brazil, and 42 from Paraguay) traveled to Ciudad del Este, a city in Paraguay that borders Argentina and Brazil. The Regional Coordination Office for the Latin America and Caribbean Region worked with Country Coordinators of the three participating countries to orchestrate this successful event.
By organizing internationally on the Triple Frontier CMT, participants were able to identify areas at the highest risk for Zika transmission, and were able to work collaboratively with representatives from neighboring countries in order to mitigate the risk of the Zika virus in the region.
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News origin: GLOBE Implementation Office