JSIF rolls out J$45m Zika intervention programme

Friday, November 04, 2016

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) will be rolling out its Super 18 ZikV intervention programme under the Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP), funded through a US$42-million loan from the World Bank.
The programme will be rolled out on Monday at an approximate cost of J$45,434,220 for the ZikV intervention.
JSIF said in a news release Friday that the programme will aid greatly in controlling the spread of the Zika virus and other vector borne diseases in 30 communities in Kingston and St Andrew, St Catherine, Clarendon, St Ann, St James, and Westmoreland.
The fund said the programme will run from November 7 to January 20, 2017, and that 365 residents will be trained, certified and provided with temporary employment as community vector control aide — zika warriors.
According to the release, they will be responsible for clean-up of the communities, as well as the identification and destruction of mosquito breeding sites; distribution of mosquito bed nets to pregnant households, water storage drum covers, and ZikV awareness information; conducting community ZikV surveys; and organising white waste clean-up events.
JSIF said the project will also include the support for a solid waste management and ZikV awareness programme in 20 primary schools and the provision of tools and equipment for vector control aide to perform clean-up and sensitisation activities. Improvement in solid waste management infrastructure will also be targeted in some areas.  
“The Ministry of Health, National Solid Waste Management Authority, HEART Trust NTA and several community-based organisations are partnering for the ZikV eradication project, which is estimated to directly benefit 140,000 persons and indirectly benefit the entire Jamaica…” the release outlined.

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