It was the start of the year, and our Youth Council had just approved a new poll to send to U-Reporters. Then we had an outbreak of dengue hit Jamaica. The Ministry of Health & Wellness asked for our help to respond to this public health emergency and we had to quickly adapt our plans.
Jamaica has had dangerous outbreaks of mosquito-borne illnesses such as chikungunya and zika in recent years – all transmitted by the same aedes aegypti which transmits dengue. So, we assumed that young Jamaicans would be familiar with these infectious diseases.
Youth council, left to right: Dominic Mcintyre, Hakeem Bryan, Danielle Mullings and Rasheem Martin, Loteshea Hutchinson and Brithney Black (not pictured).