Djibouti, Djibouti – Members assigned to US Naval Medical Research Unit-No. 3 (NAMRU-3) with support from members of Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti (CLDJ), Expeditionary Medical Facility (EMF), and the U.S. Embassy Djibouti, delivered mosquito surveillance equipment to National Institute of Public Health of Djibouti (INSPD), October 7, 2020.
The delivery of the mosquito monitoring equipment is part of a vector research study in collaboration with the Djibouti 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-transmitting insects in local communities in Djibouti,” said NAMRU-3 microbiologist, U.S. Navy Lt. Jae Dugan. “Furthermore, the equipment enhances the research partnership between NAMRU-3 and INSPD and enhances interoperability in vector-borne disease detection.”
According to the World Health Organization, vector-borne diseases are human illnesses caused by parasites, viruses, and bacteria and are transmitted by living organisms that spread infectious diseases between humans or from animals to humans, such as mosquitoes. Vector-borne diseases include malaria, dengue, and yellow fever, all of which are common in Djibouti.
“This partnership with the INSPD provides access to a larger entity for sample collection and processing in areas we would not otherwise have access to,” said Lt. Joseph Santinoceto, Director of Administration, EMF. “This allows NAMRU-3 to better protect our sailors, soldiers and airmen from disease in our area of responsibility.”
The Djiboutian Ministry of Health will deploy the mosquito monitoring equipment as part of the study with NAMRU-3 and CLDJ’s EMF providing support and training to their Djiboutian counterparts.
According to Santinoceto, the training will range from mosquito trapping and monitoring techniques to microscope training for Djiboutian lab technicians and help identify the genomes of insect populations.
NAMRU-3 conducts research and surveillance to support military personnel deployed in Africa, the Middle East and Southwest Asia, with the primary mission of studying, monitoring and detecting emerging infectious disease threats and re-emerging diseases of military and public health importance Their work also includes the evaluation of vaccines, therapeutic agents, diagnostic tests and vector control measures.
Camp Lemonnier is an operational installation that enables U.S., Allied, and partner nation forces to be there and when needed to provide security in Europe, Africa, and Southwest Asia.
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