One essential component for the preparation and enhanced success of sterile insect technique (SIT) pilot trials against mosquitoes and continuous reinforcement of further SIT programmes, is the understanding, acceptance, and support of all stakeholders. It is therefore valuable to channel the key messages to the stakeholders in a scientifically accurate, truthful, and understandable manner. Being prepared to answer frequently asked questions (FAQs) concisely and unambiguously will help convey a feeling of trust and confidence and will greatly benefit the SIT programmes.
Here are some FAQs that are often encountered during community engagement activities with proposed answers, and a guidance to "Dos and Don'ts" when communicating key messages before and during SIT activities:
Insect Pest Control Section, Joint FAO/IAEA Programme