World Mosquito Program: Sustainable Scale Up of the WMP Wolbachia Method for Global Disease Prevention

Monash University

We will scale our innovative and cost-effective Wolbachia method globally to prevent transmission of mosquito-borne diseases like dengue, Zika, chikungunya and yellow fever.

Last Updated: January 2022
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Current Work Location(s):
  • Thành Phố Nha Trang, Tỉnh Khánh Hòa, Vietnam
  • Northern Peninsula Area, State of Queensland, Australia
  • Medellín, Departamento de Antioquia, Colombia
  • Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Puducherry, Union Territory of Puducherry, India
  • Yangon East District, Yangon Region, Myanmar
  • La Paz, Estado de Baja California Sur, Mexico
  • Provincia de Maynas, Loreto, Peru
  • Province of Bataan, Central Luzon, Philippines
Priority Population(s):
  • Children and youth
  • Adults
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 1. No poverty
  • 3. Good health and well-being

Executive Summary

This year, approximately 40% of the world’s population is at risk of acquiring a virus transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. These people all live in tropical regions and many in areas where poverty compounds the risk. These viruses cause diseases known as dengue, Zika, chikungunya and yellow fever. Infection can result in death, horrific birth abnormalities in babies, extended periods of illness, loss of income and disruption of health systems during outbreaks. Sadly, for most of these diseases there are no effective vaccines available, nor effective methods for controlling the mosquito. As a result the disease burden is climbing, exacerbated by burgeoning tropical cities and the movement of people.

During the last 15 years the World Mosquito Program (WMP) has developed and tested a novel, effective and safe solution to this enormous problem. We have developed the tools and methods to effectively deploy this new public health intervention at scale and demonstrated our ability to do so.

Our challenge now is to make this new approach available to the maximum number of people globally in the shortest period of time. We will do this by undertaking a very focused and scaled deployment across two countries – Brazil and Indonesia. We will use these two countries as effective demonstrations of the impact that can be achieved at scale across multiple cities. We’ll use existing highly functional partnerships from our prior work in these countries as well as new implementation partners that will help realise our scaling ambition. Through this approach we will establish the pathway to provide ongoing protection to millions of vulnerable and marginalised people across the world.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

Monash University

website: https://www.monash.edu/
Organization Headquarters
Monash, State of Victoria, Australia
Organization ID
12 377 614 012
Number of Full-time Employees
> 1,000
Annual Operating Budget
> $1 Billion

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