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Elimination Of Mosquito-Borne Diseases Requires Cross-Sector Collaboration

Global Health NOW: World Mosquito Day
Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, executive director of Roll Back Malaria

“…As we enter this era of the Sustainable Development Goals, we recognize the need for a multi-sectoral approach to eliminate and control … mosquito-borne diseases. No longer the narrow purview of the medical entomologist, bednet distributor, or spray operator, we need to ensure actions across all sectors: business and law, agriculture and food security, housing and infrastructure, health, environment, and community development to reduce the risk of infections in our homes, workplaces, and communities. … [W]e’ve learned a lot, but there is so much more we don’t understand and cannot control. It will be through a diversity of ideas, novel collaborations across sectors, and a broadening of understanding and appreciation of mosquitoes in our environment that we will succeed” (8/20).

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