Good Practice

Name of public health intervention:
Campaigns to eliminate breeding sites of dengue vectors

Entity that is presenting it:

  • Institution/Organization name: Ministry of Health Costa Rica
  • Address: Calle 16, Avenidas 6 y 8 - San José, Costa Rica 10123-1000
  • Phone: (506) 2223-0333
  • Email:
  • Website:

Type of Organization: Governmental


  • Participating National Institutions, Organizations and/or Subregional Entities:
    CCSS (II Nivel), Ministerio de Seguridad Pública, Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados (ICAA), Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería (MAG) Cuarentena Animal, MAG Extensión Ciudad Neilly, MAG Extensión Laurel, Fundación Terranostra, Ministerio de Educación, Florida Bebidas, Unión Cantonal de Asociaciones Administradoras de Acueductos (ASADAS), ASADA San Jorge, FUNDAOSA, Iglesia Cuadrandular Darizara, Iglesia Evangélica El Triunfo, Maderín Eco, Escuela Líder de Paso Canoas, Comisión de Ambiente Municipal, Recuperadores Caracol Norte, Reciclando Esperanzas, Compañía Industrial Aceitera, Palma Tica, Universidad Nacional, Coopeagropal R.L (Cooperativa Agroindustrial), Regidor Municipal, Patronato Nacional de la Infancia (PANI), Delegado Presidencial, Bomberos Ciudad Neilly, Cruz Roja Ciudad Neilly, Comisión Nacional de Emergencias
  • Participating International and Multilateral Organizations:

Disease Prevention and Control

Dengue, prevention, prevencion, vectors, vectores

Geographic scope of the intervention?


Where is the intervention being implemented?

  • Region(s):
  • Country(ies):
    Costa Rica
  • Locality(ies):
    Corredores Canton

Is there a target population or beneficiary? No

When did the intervention begin?

Is it still functioning? No

In the winter of 2005, Dengue cases in the town of Corredores in Costa Rica began to explode. In an attempt to control the epidemic, a training system was designed and developed, usinga cascading methodology to reach the largest number of people possible, so that the people of the area understood how the disease was transmitted and how to protect themselves from infection. The community soon understood that this was not simply the responsibility of the Ministry of Health, but rather of all the people. In March 2006, people, organizations and institutions were mobilized and successfully eliminated a great quantity of mosquito breeding sites. The initiative also empowered the community to take control of their health and learn how to prevent the disease that had previously ravaged them.

Additional Material:

Links and Additional Resources:

Contact Information:

Name of Contact Person:
Dr. Víctor González Jiménez - Director, Área Rectora de Salud Corredores
Ministerio de Salud, Costa Rica


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