DVIDS – Information – NAMRU-3, EMF from CLDJ delivers mosquito screens to the Djiboutian Ministry of Well being
Djibouti, Djibouti – Members of the US Naval Medical Research Unit No. 3 (NAMRU-3), with support from members of Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti (CLDJ), the Expeditionary Medical Facility (EMF), and the US Embassy, Djibouti, delivered mosquito monitoring equipment to the National Institute of Public Health of Djibouti (INSPD) . , October 7, 2020.
The supply of mosquito monitoring equipment is part of a vector research study in combination with the Djiboutian Ministry of Health to collect and process mosquito samples in the area.
“This laboratory and field equipment will enhance INSPD’s ability to document the presence of disease-carrying insects in local communities in Djibouti,” said NAMRU-3 microbiologist, US Navy Lt. Jae Dugan. “In addition, the equipment enhances the research partnership between NAMRU-3 and INSPD and improves interoperability in the detection of vector-borne diseases.”
According to the World Health Organization, vector-borne diseases are human diseases caused by parasites, viruses, and bacteria, transmitted through living organisms that transmit infectious diseases between humans or from animals to humans such as mosquitoes. Vector-borne diseases are malaria, dengue fever, and yellow fever, all of which are common in Djibouti.
“This partnership with INSPD gives access to a larger unit for the collection and processing of samples in areas we would otherwise not have access,” said Lt. Joseph Santinoceto, EMF Administrative Director. “This will enable NAMRU-3 to better protect our sailors, soldiers and airmen from diseases in our area of responsibility.”
The Djibouti Ministry of Health will deploy mosquito monitoring equipment as part of the study, with NAMRU-3 and CLDJ’s EMF providing support and training to their colleagues in Djibouti.
According to Santinoceto, the training will range from mosquito trapping and monitoring techniques to microscope training for lab technicians in Djibouti, helping to identify genomes of insect populations.
NAMRU-3 conducts research and surveillance to support military personnel deployed in Africa, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia. Its primary mission is to investigate, monitor and detect emerging and re-emerging infectious disease threats of military and health implications. Her work also includes evaluating vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostic tests, and vector control measures.
Camp Lemonnier is a ready-to-use installation that enables US, Allied and Partner forces to be where and when they are needed to ensure security in Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia.
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