The schools in our neighborhoods are important potential transmission sites for dengue. Lots of people there, spending time outside with lots of opportunity to get bit.
Schools are also places where the entire community can learn how to deal with the dengue mosquito. What kids learn in school can go home with them and their knowledge flow into the whole community.
We don’t have the manpower to send volunteers into every school to set traps and teach people about mosquito control. It doesn’t “scale”.
“Teach the Teachers”
Instead, we can empower the teachers and let them do what they do best – teach the children.
In order for this to happen, we need to recognize the needs of the teachers. Teachers are underpaid and overworked to an extreme degree. They don’t have time to figure things out, or collect reading materials and references, or designs homework and test problem sets. They sure don’t have money to buy supplies for making traps or for buying commercial traps.
So we have to do that for them.
If you are a teacher and would like to help this effort, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.