The prevention of tropical diseases in impoverished areas of northern Santiago, Dominican Republic
The project aims to contribute to the improvement of health and the prevention of tropical diseases in poor districts in the province of Santiago de los Caballeros, in the Dominican Republic.
The country invests little in social policies, including health. With investment levels of around 2% of GDP, health services are extremely poor. The prevalence of tropical diseases stands at 32%, with cases reported of malaria, dengue, cholera and tuberculosis. Dengue features the highest recurrence rate, in 17% of cases.
- Workshops on health and prevention
- Talks/conversations on topics related to tropical diseases
- Flyers and posters.
- Community health facilities
- Medical operatives
- The identification of patients with tropical diseases in hospitals
- Environmental sanitation and cleaning workshops
- Fumigation and water chlorination workshops
- Talks on hygiene and health
- The creation of health and environmental committees
- Following up on health and environmental committees
- Inter-institutional meetings with the city governments of Santiago and San Francisco de Jacagua; the Ministries of Health, Education and the Environment; Neighbourhood Boards, and FUNDLIDER.
The indirect beneficiaries are 38,000 people living in the northern part of the Province of Santiago. They have the same characteristics mentioned above. Though lying outside the scope of the three direct beneficiary neighbourhoods, they will receive some indirect benefits.