May 12, 2014
Dengue advocacy report published
A new dengue advocacy report has been published, Dengue: Turning up the volume on a silent disaster, as part of a campaign highlighting silent disasters worldwide.
Over the past 50 years, dengue has spread from nine to over a hundred countries, making it the most rapidly spreading vector-borne disease. The cases have risen from 15,000 per year in the 1960s to 390 million today. Over 40 per cent of the world's population is at risk from dengue. Yet, dengue continues to have a low profile among policy-makers and donors and does not receive the media attention it deserves.
This report urges a shift in approach by all stakeholders from responding to isolated outbreaks to investing in long-term, integrated programming including community-level initiatives leading to sustainable behavioural change.
The dengue advocacy report is published by the IDAMS partner Red Cross / Red Crescent Climate Centre (RCCC) in cooperation with the Secretariat of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.