Dengue fever and malaria
WHO activities to support the South Pacific
Focus on dengue
The overall strategy to control dengue is dependent upon an approach which incorporates the following key components:
- Integrated vector management;
- Case management;
- Social mobilization and communication;
- Outbreak response;
- Partnerships and resources mobilization.
The WHO strategies to control malaria are:
- The provision of early diagnosis and prompt treatment,
- The selective use of sustainable preventive measures,
- The prevention and control of epidemics, and
- The strengthening of local capacities in basic and applied research.
In order to facilitate the implementation of these strategies in the South Pacific WHO is actively involved in the following activities:
- Harmonization of multi-partner initiatives (e.g. GFATM) to optimize impact and reduce duplication of efforts.
- Improvement of malaria program management to ensure that resources are more efficiently utilized and better outcomes are achieved.
- Assistance to the national programs in developing short and long term national strategic plans.
- Support to In vivo drug efficacy monitoring and change to effective regimen.
- Support to diagnostic test/microscopy implementation and quality assurance.
- Support to increase bed nets coverage and use.
- Support to the development of improved data on risk and morbidity.
Two WHO malaria experts are assigned to Vanuatu and Solomon Islands. They provide front line support to the national malaria control programs.