NPMA Pest Management Community Relations
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of those in the pest management community each and every day. Find
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Pest Management Pledge -
Protecting Public Health in Haiti
On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated the
Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas, killing an
estimated 230,000 people injuring another 300,000 and rendering
more than a million homeless. Shortly after the earthquake, the
National Pest Management Association (NPMA) offered its assistance
to the Haitian government.
On May 5, 2010, the first NPMA delegation traveled to Haiti to assess
the current pest issues and infestation risk factors. Medical
facilities in Port-au-Prince and the surrounding areas were
experiencing severe infestations of flies, rodents and cockroaches.
The NPMA delegation realized that the hospital staff was barely
equipped to save the lives of their patients, much less to deal
with the pests that were spreading disease and bacteria. As a
result of this first eye-opening, heart-wrenching visit to Haiti,
the Pest Management Pledge was born.
Over the next couple of visits, NPMA
delegates and their Haitian pest control counterparts worked to
install more than 500 screens to protect hospital patients from
disease-carrying flies and mosquitoes in areas such as delivery
rooms, neonatal care areas, as well as emergency and operating
rooms. In addition, teams also installed 500 rat bait stations and
more than 200 fly bait stations at three hospitals and one
orphanage in the capital city.
NPMA wrapped up its mission to Haiti with a fourth and final humanitarian delegation in July
of 2011. Over the course of a year, NPMA used its resources to
minimize entry points for pests, purchase products designed to
prevent pest infestations in buildings, and to train Haitian pest
control workers so they can properly perform pest control
operations as the country continues its recovery.