Akeisha Benjamin, Zika Project Coordinator with the Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross society (TTRCS) explains, “As people are cleaning up from the floods we are pushing the message to get rid of stagnant waters as quickly as possible, to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds. Given the fact that some people had to evacuate and go to shelters, we are encouraging affected persons to clean up quickly. We are also working with the Regional Corporations to spread the message.” The focus of the project has primarily been on community and school’s outreach in selected areas.
With the school community in mind, art and spoken word competitions on the topic of Zika were also launched to raise greater awareness.
Schools actively participated in these competitions towards the end of the school term, and prizes were distributed to the winners when school resumed. Volunteers have also pursued the use of social media to reach the population through this platform.
This story is published as part of the campaign for International Volunteer Day 2017: Volunteers Act First. Here. Everywhere.