346K HOMES IN HONDURAS REACHED BY GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION PROGRAMS
200K PUBLIC WORKERS IN HONDURAS PARTICIPATING IN GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION PROGRAMS
37.5K PEOPLE IN GUATEMALA TARGETED FOR ASSISTANCE BY IFRC PLAN OF ACTION
As of epidemiological week 31, Honduras is reporting 49,300 cases, with some 10,800 cases of severe dengue.
Dengue cases for 2019 already exceed the combined caseload of the previous three years
The Permanent Commission for Contingencies (COPECO) is designating Fridays for breeding site removal, fumigation, and cleanup and awareness campaigns. To date, the Friday operations have reached more than 346,000 homes.
Honduras is receiving support from Taiwan, who announced a donation of more than US$2 million on 7 August. PAHO Assistant Director Jarbas Barbosa da Silva traveled to Honduras during the week, meeting with President Juan Orlando Hernández and health authorities to discuss the situation.
On 7 August, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched a Plan of Action to respond to the growing caseload. The US$304,677, allocation from IFRC's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) will cover operations until December 2019.
The plan is targeting 37,500 people for assistance in six affected municipalities and involves vector control training for community leaders, education for parents on proper household water management, school interventions to teach teachers and students on dengue, mass media campaigns and community engagement activities.