Public Health Service project on the tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus): legal basis, responsibilities, and decision support for prevention and control of Aedes albopictus and arbovirus infections at the community level
Client: State Health Office Baden-Württemberg | Area: Health Research
Main Interest |
Climate change, global trade and tourism have led to a spread of the Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, previously native to warmer regions, also establishing itself in Germany. Of the five German states that have reported an occurrence of Aedes albopictus so far – Hesse, Thuringia, Bavaria, Rhineland-Palatinate and Baden-Württemberg – Baden-Württemberg is the most affected state. This invasive mosquito species was first found in Baden-Württemberg in 2007. The mosquito, which has a very high vector competence for arboviruses, can transmit more than 20 different viruses, including dengue, chinkungunya, and Zika. Against this background and the fact of increasing populations in Germany, Aedes albopictus is a serious public health risk.
The aim of the BMBF project is to develop a management plan for the prevention and control of Aedes albopictus and imported arboviruses, as well as appropriate communication strategies for public health services at the community level.
The South German Institute for Empirical Social Research has taken on the following tasks for the State Health Office: Organizing and moderating focus group discussions, stakeholder analyses, facilitating workshops, and providing expert advice on identifying and developing appropriate health communication strategies, including digital media and channels and social media.
For more information: Dr. Kerstin Dressel
– Planning and execution of focus group discussions and stakeholder analysis
– Moderation of stakeholder workshops
– Consultation for the development of health communication strategies
Responsible | Dr. Kerstin Dressel
- Date 10. February 2021
- Tags Health Research