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Despite its huge impact on society, efforts to combat dengue fever are fragmented. Stakeholders are working in silos to tackle a shared problem. Vector control, surveillance, drugs, diagnostics and vaccines all hold exciting potential but none can solve the problem alone. We need an integrated approach.
This way of thinking is endorsed by global organisations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). The WHO is aiming to reduce dengue morality by 50% and to reduce morbidity by 25% by 2020 and calls on stakeholders to combine their efforts. This is echoed by the IFRC which has called for integrated programming to meet the dengue challenge.
This is precisely what Break Dengue was designed to do. Our mission is to connect, share and develop new solutions to dengue fever. We have created innovative awareness and education campaigns; built an online community for dengue researchers known as the Global Dengue Lab; and are partnering with HealthMap to develop complementary surveillance solutions.
Through our collaboration with the International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases (ISNTD) we are providing platforms where experts with diverse academic or geographical backgrounds can forge sustainable professional relationships. ISNTD Bites is one of several excellent opportunities for Break Dengue to interact with the researchers and innovators dedicated to mosquito-borne diseases.
We call on all parties with a stake in breaking dengue fever to take a step back, see the scale of our problem, and then commit to making the leap forward with us. First, acknowledge that no country, no academic discipline, no company and no technological solution will single-handedly solve this problem. Then connect with Break Dengue to see what role you can play. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.