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Forty-five and fifty-five gallon drums are one of the primary breeding sites for Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in Jamaica. While the Ministry of Health (MOH) Vector Control Unit has identified water drums as one of the two most proliferous sources of mosquitoes on the island, there is a strong need to understand the full extent of the environmental, structural and behavioral challenges related to water storage, including but not limited to water drums, and the resultant Aedes aegypti breeding sites. 

The strategy unifies activities across the areas important during the “First 1,000 Days” (from the beginning of a pregnancy through the end of a child’s first year) – safe pregnancy, exclusive breastfeeding, complementary feeding, birth spacing, hygiene, sanitation and baby WASH, and home-based agriculture, as well as relevant gender norms.

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