I’ve just arrived back from the Harvey response in Houston. Many of you are still experiencing the effects and after-effects of Irma. I hope you stay safe and dry.
Over the past few days, there has been a flurry of discussion about how the vector control community can support vector control-related recovery efforts on some of the hardest-hit islands. Many of these islands are still in “response” mode, but it isn’t too early to begin preparing to support these areas. As of now, their already-strained vector control capabilities are reduced even further.
I’ve reached out to leadership at CARPHA and suggested to that we stand up a group of experts and supporters to help in the vector control-specific efforts that this unique situation will require. To that end, I’m pulling together an unofficial group of individuals who would be willing to help if CARPHA or any country may need – with expertise, relationships, technical support, inventory/ supplies, logistical support, and more.
As of now, this group may not take off or be needed. But until then, I wanted to ask that we gather a group of those interested in supporting either national or international recovery efforts, whatever they may be.
If you are willing to participate, please send a quick note to the information enclosed. My team is already preparing to develop the necessary infrastructure to help facilitate conversation, resource mobilization and sharing, and logistics. We welcome any support and will determine the specifics in the coming days and weeks.
If you would like to get involved, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org