1. Who is funding the World Mosquito Program?

The World Mosquito Program is an international, non-profit initiative led from Monash University, Australia. We have developed strong relationships with governments, research institutes and philanthropic partners around the world. These include:

  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Yayasan Tahija, Indonesia
  • The Wellcome Trust
  • The Australian and Queensland Governments
  • Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (innovationXchange)
  • The Brazilian Government
  • The UK Government
  • International Community Foundation – Candeo Fund
  • The Gillespie Family Foundation
  • Rotary Foundation and local clubs
  • Foundation for the National Institutes of Health

2. What is the Grand Challenges in Global Health Initiative?

In January 2003 an initiative was announced by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fund research on diseases that disproportionately affect people in the developing world. The initiative takes as its model the grand challenges formulated more than 100 years ago by mathematician David Hilbert – a list of important unsolved mathematical problems that has encouraged innovative mathematics research ever since. Similarly, the Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative aims to engage creative minds from diverse scientific disciplines to work on 14 major challenges. The challenges range from creating new vaccines to developing accurate methods for measuring health status. One of the 14 Grand Challenges is to develop new approaches to control insects that transmit diseases to humans.