The Honiara City Council has a Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (HCC VBDCP) that is part of nationwide programme under the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, and focuses on preventing vector borne diseases in the capital city Honiara.
Vector borne diseases are those spread by organisms, particularly mosquitoes. In Honiara this is primarily dengue fever and malaria spread by mosquito bites.
Malaria and dengue are currently all year round and have caused epidemic outbreaks in Solomon Islands. The capital city Honiara has the highest rates for both diseases. Malaria and dengue are both transmitted by the bite of mosquitoes.
HCC VBDCP is offering services such as:
- Yearly distribution of free, insecticide-treated bed nets to Honiara residents.
- Indoor residual spraying – house spraying
- Surveillance – scheduled visiting of Honiara homes to test for cases of malaria.
- School visit – to educate school children about prevention and treatment of malaria.
- Community-based health promotion in high malaria incident communities to promote sanitation and disease prevention activities.
For more information
Honiara City Council Vector Borne Disease Control Programme Office
Mail to: Honiara City Council Vector Borne Disease Control Programme Office, P.O.Box 324, Honiara.
National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme Headquarter
Mail to: National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, Ministry of Health and Medical Services P.O.Box 349, Honiara.