Grassroots solutions to deadly problems

Local empowerment has become the best prevention measure against diseases and accidents in two Chiang Mai communities, who have learned firsthand how collective grassroots action can keep them safe.

Dengue fever has terrorised the communities in tambon Ban Luang in Chom Thong district for years. Locals are well aware of the deadly dangers that the fever brings.

In Bangkok, dengue fever has killed 81 people and infected more than 77,000 others since the beginning of the year. The death toll for last year stood at 103, with more than 71,000 falling ill.

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Onnucha Hutasingh