Soper Strategies
we eradicate mosquito-borne diseases

Maldives health situation analysis:


The first official outbreak of dengue fever on the Maldives occurred in May 1979 in the capital Male and on the atol of Baa. Similar outbreaks of dengue fever occurred in 1983 and 1988 with the latter being a serious outbreak in which 2054 cases where reported of dengue fever and DHF/DSS. Ten years later a new outbreak occurred, in 1998 and 1999, with 1750 and 1835 cases, respectively. A very bad episode was the timeframe between October 2005 and December 2006 when 3393 cases were reported and ten people lost their lives.
In June 2011 four children died in two days as a result of dengue fever and it is expected that the total number of cases will surpass that of 2006.

Dengue elimination strategy proposed by Soper Strategies:


We propose a vector elimination campaign based on larviciding (biopesticides Bacillus thuringiensis isrealensis & Spinosad, insect growth regulator pyriproxyfen) and rigorous source reduction. Considering the presence of many breeding sites in peri-domestic waste that holds rainwater, Soper Strategies proposes to link a waste management campaign to the vector elimination campaign. Following the elimination campaign we propose to set up an intensive mosquito monitoring campaign using both oviposition traps and adult mosquito traps. New introduction of mosquitos can then be detected quickly, and a quick reaction force can eliminate the new sources accordingly.

This strategy should keep the people of the Maldives dengue free and the economically essential tourist sector healthy and prospering.



Dengue on the Maldives