Super excited about my upcoming trip to Honduras where I will be visiting various remote schools and teaching students about the many benefits and uses of the foldscope!
The Honduran government has declared a state of emergency because of the rampant spike in Zika cases. This foldscope project is not only timely but important because it will help the locals conduct vector control and be able to identify the different types of mosquito larvae.
During my trip I will also be giving a talk on the radio about how to stay safe from contracting Zika and the importance of creating youth groups to help raise awareness about simple safety precautions including canvassing for containers where mosquitoes can propagate.
The CDC and the World Health Organization recently announced that Zika is linked to Microcephaly therefore teaching family planning with cycle bead necklaces will also be an important component of this project.
I hope by demonstrating the many benefits of the foldscope and vital data sharing with WhatsApp we can help other countries be better prepared to mitigate the fight against Zika and other vector borne illnesses.
Stay tuned for more updates!