Much of the world’s infectious diseases are severely under-reported, sometimes because of lack of capacity to diagnose and statistics but also as a conscious decision to protect the economic and political interests. This approach is not consistent with a good democracy and threaten especially those people who are already struggling to defend themselves because of poverty or lack of education. Lack of understanding of when, where, how and who suffer from these conditions affect the individual as well as society’s ability to prevent the spread of infection. Mosquito-borne diseases like dengue fever is no exception.
This is one of three sub-projects within the framework of a well-established collaboration between the Västerbotten County Council and the Yogyakarta City Government who addressed the development of a more sustainable, transparent and democratic health system of dengue fever as a model.
This project (Project 3) aims to support the development of robust, transparent and sustainable internal and external communication systems, including channels and messages tailored to targeted and segmented population groups and with citizen-based feedback loops, to promote health equity and health literacy, and strengthen the trust and collaboration between the health authority and the community.