GLOBE Mosquito Project: The International Collaboration on the Data Collection of Dengue and Zika Prevention and Control
The GLOBE Mosquito Project is a project with the collaboration of Walailak University, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and international organizations aimed to gather and measure the data on mosquito habitat mapping for dengue and Zika prevention and control across the world, including Southeast Asia.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Krisanadej Jaroensutasinee, Head of the Center of Excellence for Ecoinformatics at Walailak University, has been working on the momentous project for five years with SEAMEO Network and GLOBE Network to collect and exchange data for more than 110 countries across the world. The data covers all related matters, e.g., spatial data collection and a mosquito population reduction plan. The Center of Excellence also provides training and workshops on mosquito study, application usage integrated with dengue and Zika virus prevention, and environmental management for mosquito control for students and international members of the networks.
In each country, all involved sectors check on the progress of the project according to all indicators. The data can be shown as maps, which can indicate the risks for dengue and Zika fever infection. More than 20,000 students and 400 teachers across Thailand participate in a campaign to control the risks of the disease, such as by mitigating plastic litter.
Moreover, the faculty members of Walailak University who devote their hearts to implementing the project are acknowledged as the GLOBE Trainer Team to provide insights and knowledge on dengue and Zika prevention for the general public, both domestic and international.
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