DLF gears up to counter mosquito borne health hazards

Globalisation of travel and trade, unplanned urbanisation and environmental challenges such as climate change are having a significant impact on disease transmission in recent years. With such rapid urbanisation leading to unchecked sanitation conditions, incidences of vector-borne diseases, such as Dengue, Chikungunya and Malaria have increased rampantly in urban as well as adjoining rural establishments. Mosquitoes, one of the most dangerous disease vectors, are hard to keep a control on if not done so at the initial stages itself. Since, the spread of such diseases pertains injection of infected blood into a healthy person; the most important part in the controlling of these diseases is behavioural change through rigorous awareness generation. To put a timely check on vector-borne diseases especially in monsoons, DLF Foundation, in collaboration with the Directorate of National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (Govt. of India) and Synergie – a social organisation has formed a National Core Group against Vector Borne Diseases. This core group aims to make the investments sustainable by developing robust systems and supporting the local capacity. Ritesh Sinha, Director-CSR, DLF Ltd. said that vector borne diseases had been major contributors to increase in number of fatalities, especially during breeding season, something which can be controlled if the issue is nipped in the bud.

β€œTo truly achieve our goal of wellness, it was essential that source of such diseases are targeted and preventive measures are taken. Everyone has a part to play. Through this partnership we are taking our efforts forward towards the same with the help of the expertise NVBDCP is bringing on the table,” he added.

Unfortunately, the number of malaria infections has crossed over a million cases per year in the past few years; however there is immense confidence for future in spite of logistic challenges. The window of opportunity is wide open with availability of effective interventions and increased resource allocations.

Apart from providing a forum for exchange of ideas and good practices, the core group will also function as an advisory body, aiming to effectively involve a large number of companies in addressing the issue of incidences of vector borne diseases through CSR and workplace intervention.

DLF Foundation, since its inception, has been working towards upliftment of the society across various areas like healthcare, education, skill development, community development, sanitation and environmental sustainability and this is yet another applause-worthy effort.