The World Mosquito Program, known locally as Eliminate Dengue Yogyakarta, is a global not-for-profit initiative that is working to protect local communities from mosquito-borne diseases.
Dengue was first reported in two of Indonesia’s 29 provinces in 1968. Today dengue has spread to all provinces and is endemic in many large cities and small towns.
In January 2014, we began releases of Wolbachia mosquitoes in communities around Yogyakarta, a densely populated city with a high prevalence of dengue outbreaks in Indonesia. The aim of these releases was to establish Wolbachia in the local mosquito populations to reduce the transmission of dengue between people. Wolbachia mosquito releases began after two years of engagement with communities and approval by the provincial government.
Following encouraging results from our initial trials in Yogyakarta, a large-scale efficacy study to evaluate the impact of our Wolbachia method on dengue transmission is now underway. The project is working closely with government, health authorities, and local communities to undertake this study, which is the first of its kind conducted globally.
As part of the study, the team is introducing mosquitoes with Wolbachia across Yogyakarta city and rigorously evaluating the impact of Wolbachia on the transmission of dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases.
The World Mosquito Program in Indonesia is a research collaboration led by the Faculty of Medicine at Gadjah Mada University and funded by Yayasan Tahija (The Tahija Foundation).
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