In 2017, ZAP El Salvador will implement vector control (VC) activities in nine municipalities and will establish routine entomological surveillance in four municipalities (three intervention sites, one control site). ZAP El Salvador will help the Government of El Salvador (GoES) establish best practices in managing Zika-related environmental health risks, safe inventory and warehouse management. With the GoES and other partners, ZAP El Salvador will work to strengthen insecticide resistance (IR) management policies and establish a comprehensive domain of bionomic data on Aedes vectors to ensure data-driven decisions in any forthcoming arbovirus control efforts. ZAP El Salvador will work at national and departmental levels with various partners to achieve the following key project objectives:
Implement of high quality VC management (including larviciding and environmental clean-up) to protect vulnerable populations from Zika virus transmission. MCDI/Red Cross and Save the Children/Red Cross will implement environmental management in five of our target municipalities (Chalatenango, Ilobasco, Sensuntepeque, Cojutepeque and Mejicanos). Therefore, ZAP El Salvador will provide technical assistance in the other municipalities.
Establish entomological surveillance best practices in selected areas (including vector bionomic studies, routine monitoring, data reporting, IR policies, and logistics).
Enhance the capacity and skills of the MINSAL and other counterparts in VC and entomology to establish in-country resources to program and implement activities for the reduction of Zika and other arbovirus transmission, including national training in VC and entomology, sub-national and community-level skill building, and procurement of supplies and equipment.