US grants US$100 million to combat dengue fever in Cape Verde

30 December 2009

Praia, Cape Verde, 30 Dec – The United States Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) has provided US$100 million to the World Health Organisation (WHO) to support Cape Verde’s fight against dengue fever.

The funding will be used to control morbidity and mortality rates of dengue fever in Cape Verde and in the fight against the vector mosquito (Aedes Aegypti).

“This project will directly benefit all Cape Verdeans that live on the islands most affected by dengue and, indirectly the populations of less affected islands,” said a statement from the US embassy.

The dengue epidemic was identified in Cape Verde at the end of September, but was only declared on 21 October, and since then has infected almost 21,000 people, leading to six deaths.

Around 80 percent of cases were recorded on Santiago Island. (macauhub)