Dengue is considered the world’s fastest spreading tropical disease. Forty percent of the world’s population—predominantly living in the world’s poorest communities—are at risk of contracting the virus this year. The World Health Organization identified dengue as one of the top ten global health threats of 2019. Dengue, Zika, chikungunya, and yellow fever are all life-threatening viruses transmitted to humans by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Various methods over many decades to eradicate the species have been largely ineffective.
Mosquito-borne diseases spread by Aedes aegypti can have a devastating impact on the individuals, families, and communities affected. Collectively, the diseases spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito disproportionately impact peoples of low-income countries, exacerbating poverty and hardship and impeding economic development.
The World Mosquito Program has developed a solution—using a naturally occurring bacteria called Wolbachia—that has proven to be efficacious, cost-effective, and embraced by communities living with the threat of mosquito-borne disease. The program has demonstrated that it can deliver this intervention at scale in multiple countries and has already provided protection to millions of people. The World Mosquito Program now plans to make the required transformations in its scaling pathway to make the Wolbachia method universally available to communities at risk.
As the Wolbachia-carrying mosquito releases are undertaken over larger geographic areas, the World Mosquito Program expects to measure an even greater reduction in disease incidence. It intends to build on the success achieved so far to upscale the program to enable delivery of the Wolbachia method globally.
Epidemiological studies show that the incidence of mosquito-borne disease is significantly lower in Wolbachia-treated communities than in untreated neighboring communities. Nearly ten years since implementation in north Queensland Australia, the region is now essentially dengue free, while a pilot project in Yogyakarta, Indonesia is showing a 79 percent reduction in dengue incidence. Independent experts have developed mathematical modelling that predicts that the method will significantly reduce virus transmissions for decades.
About Our Team
The team at the World Mosquito Program is committed to the cause of ending mosquito-borne disease. We come from diverse backgrounds with experience in the fields of epidemiology, microbiology, global health, entomology, research in infectious diseases, and international development. A strong collaborative culture is maintained in project sites across several continents with the very best expertise employed from all over the world.
Scott O'Neill, Director
Reynold Dias, Chief Operating Officer
Van Pham, Director, People and Culture
Janina Khayali, Regional Director of the Americas
Cameron Simmons, Regional Director Oceania
Claudia Surjadjaja, Regional Director Asia
Peter Ryan, Director, Business Development
Kieran Walters, Senior Manager, Strategy and Performance
Bruno Col, Director, Communications and Engagement
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