Maldives.net.mv – This August, Four Seasons Resorts Maldives is engaging the support of one of the world’s leading bug-battlers to launch an environmentally responsible mosquito control initiative across 13 island communities in the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Known as “The Mosquito Lady,” Trudy Rilling-Collins and her team will lead the pre-emptive six-week Baa Atoll Mosquito and Dengue Fever Control Project, initiated following the success of last year’s pilot program at Four Seasons two Resort islands, and five islands local to the Resorts.
Funded by Four Seasons Resorts Maldives, Trudy and her team of ten volunteers will visit each of the 13 designated Baa Atoll islands in turn, working closely with health officers, schools and other community members to implement effective and sustainable mosquito control solutions. The volunteer team will comprise seven students from the University of California at Santa Cruz and young Maldivian volunteers, who will help facilitate the successful establishment of the project among the local islanders.
The project chiefly involves the identification and eradication of mosquito-breeding sites. In addition to significantly reducing mosquito populations without the use of chemicals, it will also reduce the potential risk of infection from dengue fever (a virus carried by the Aedes aegypti and the Aedes albopictus species) amongst remote island communities.
Trudy was first enlisted by Four Seasons Resorts Maldives in 2011 to provide environmentally friendly solutions to unwanted monsoon-loving guests. Thanks to her highly targeted techniques, Four Seasons has been able to completely eliminate the use of fogging across both of its island Resorts, with the pilot community also experiencing significant reductions in mosquito populations.
The widely used technique of “fogging” – the spraying of harmful neurotoxin-filled insecticides – at best only deals with a small proportion of adult mosquitoes and at worst fails to tackle the more prevalent issue of incubating larvae. In contrast, Trudy’s innovative yet surprisingly uncomplicated methods tackle the root of the problem, eradicating mosquitoes’ watery lairs through regular clean-ups of waterlogged areas (such as stagnant water in tanks, drains and wells), the fitting of screens or filters, and even the addition of fish to wells. “Mosquito eggs can take as little as a week go from egg to biting adults,” Trudy advises. ”So 80-90 per cent of the problem can be solved by targeting breeding grounds.”
Trudy holds a diploma in Pest Management from University of California at Berkeley, and has extensive experience in biological research, and a fervent commitment to halting the toxic effects of pesticides in tropical regions. “The beautiful, ecologically sensitive marine life, essential for tourism, is being degraded by outdated and ineffective chemical-based pest management programs,” she warns. “Not to mention the long-term effects of fogging on human health.”
So far, The Mosquito Lady’s cost-effective common-sense approach has been widely welcomed by all who have experienced its efficacy and sustainability. She acknowledges, however, that the long-term success of her methods relies on the involvement of every individual in the project region. “We spend a lot of time raising local awareness and promoting sustainable health education,” she explains. “But each person will ultimately need to act responsibly for the good of their community.”
Four Seasons Regional Vice President Armando Kraenzlin commented: “Having reaped the benefits of Trudy’s staggeringly successful methods across our own island Resorts, we are delighted to be able to extend her expertise across the wider Baa Atoll community. As joint residents of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, it is essential that we work with our neighbouring islanders to implement methods of control that will help preserve both the natural beauty of the region and the long-term health of its inhabitants and visitors for generations to come.”
Maldivian Airlines Announces New Service to Colombo, Sri Lanka
Maldivian, the national airline of the Maldives, has announced the launch of its new service to Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Starting April 25th, 2024, Maldivian will operate two weekly flights between Malé and Colombo, on Thursdays and Saturdays. This new route offers convenient travel options for business and leisure travelers seeking seamless connectivity between the Maldives and Sri Lanka.
“We have long awaited the opportunity to serve Colombo and connect the Maldives and Sri Lanka more closely,” said Mr. Ibrahim Iyas, Managing Director of Maldivian. “This expansion strengthens our international network and commitment to connecting the Maldives to the world.”
Colombo, with its rich history, diverse culture, and thriving business scene, is a valuable addition to Maldivian’s growing network. The new route is expected to promote cultural and economic exchange between the two nations.
Ticket bookings for the new Colombo route are now open on Maldivian’s website, mobile app, and ticketing office, allowing travelers to plan their journeys well in advance.
The flights will be operated by A320 aircraft, departing Malé on Thursdays and Saturdays at 19:35 and arriving in Colombo at 21:35. The return flights will depart Colombo on the same days at 22:35 and arrive in Malé at 23:25 (all times local).
This convenient schedule caters to both leisure and business travelers, offering the possibility of weekend trips. Passengers can also connect to Maldivian’s extensive domestic network of 16 destinations.
Maldivian invites travelers to experience their exciting new route to Colombo. Visit their website (https://maldivian.aero/) for more information and to book your flights.
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi Continues its Commitment to Social Impact: Renews Partnership with “Mom’s Aid” for Second Year
In alignment with Mom’s Aid’s dedication to ending poverty and domestic abuse, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi reaffirms its commitment to creating positive change in the lives of women in the Maldives.
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi proudly declares its sustained partnership with Mom’s Aid, a national charity dedicated to eradicating poverty and domestic abuse faced by women in the Maldives. Continuing their collaboration for the second consecutive year, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi wholeheartedly supports Mom’s Aid’s vision of fostering safety and security for women through crucial resources, funding, legal assistance, shelter, and mental health services.
About Mom’s Aid
A distinguished national charity, Mom’s Aid is devoted to ending violence and poverty faced by women. Their mission is to guide and motivate women in the Maldives towards a society where domestic abuse is not tolerated, and women can live free from the threat of violence and poverty.
In 2022 alone, Mom’s Aid provided assistance to over 840 families through various programmes and campaigns.
Mom’s Aid offers a range of specialist and confidential services to survivors, including accommodation, community outreach support, independent advocacy, and support for children. Emergency shelter is provided for women and children escaping domestic abuse, along with legal help to ensure their safety. The charity is also committed to eliminating the stigma surrounding mental illness through education and affordable mental health care.
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi’s Commitment
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi is proud to collaborate with Mom’s Aid in the following programs:
- Back to School Drive: Fostering chilren’s access to education regardless of socio-economic conditions, the back to school drive focuses on providing school essentials to families. Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi has extended its support and joined this programme.
- Ramadan Aid: Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi has vowed to facilitate this annual project where essential resources, care baskets and food items are distributed to over 300 vulnerable families.
- Toy Donation: Additionally, the Island resort has also donated toys to the charity.
The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort Partners with Savvy Sleep to Encourage Guests to Sleep Better
The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort, situated in Baa Atoll, the first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve site in the Maldives, partners with Savvy Sleep to introduce ‘The Westin Maldives Kids Sleep Manual.’ This manual is designed to guide families through every step to ensure they get the restful and rejuvenating sleep they deserve while enjoying quality time in the Maldives.
Vacations often symbolize rest and rejuvenation, promising cherished memories. However for children, travel may pose unique challenges when it comes time to fall asleep at night. Designed to provide parents with expert guidance and essential amenities to help the children and babies sleep better, the manual will assist children in drifting off into dreamland through a trove of innovative sleep-inducing activities. Crafted by the team at The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort, part of Westin Hotels & Resorts, a global leader in hospitality wellness, and pediatric sleep specialists from Savvy Sleep, the dreamy sleep-recommended activities span from beachfront bedtime stories and stargazing to yoga nidra, encouraging children to create dream journals.
Savvy Sleep is led by Isabel and Sara, two passionate pediatric sleep specialists who are dedicated to helping families worldwide achieve the restful and rejuvenating sleep they deserve. Their methods are based on research-backed techniques that encourage positive sleep associations and help children fall asleep and stay asleep on their own.
“Empowering travelers to sleep well reinforces our commitment to guest well-being and the growing understanding that sleep impacts everything from productivity to overall happiness. From our Heavenly® Bed, lavender balm bedside amenities to the addition of our Sleep Well Menu, we believe nothing restores your mind and body like restful sleep,” said Vijay Kumar, General Manager of The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort. “We are thrilled to have partners like Savvy Sleep who share our commitment and can amplify our mission to raise awareness about the benefits of a better sleep during and after their stay with us,” he added.
“At Savvy Sleep, we believe that parents should have access to the methods necessary to enhance their child’s sleep quality, and we are committed to helping you and your family get the restful and rejuvenating sleep you deserve,” said Isabel and Sara, founders and pediatric sleep experts from Savvy Sleep. “We are delighted to partner with The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort, providing support as you work towards your sleep goals to meet the unique needs of each family,” they added.
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