World Mosquito Program
The World Mosquito Program is helping to protect the global community from mosquito-borne diseases.
Formerly known as Eliminate Dengue: Our Challenge, the World Mosquito Program uses naturally occurring bacteria - called Wolbachia – to reduce the ability of mosquitoes to transmit harmful diseases such as Zika, dengue and chikungunya. Following the release of mosquitoes with Wolbachia, new generations begin to breed that help to block the transmission these mosquito-borne diseases.
The WMP is currently operating in 10 countries across Asia, Latin America and the Western Pacific, as well as our pioneer program in Australia. The WMP has grown from a single focus on dengue to tackle other diseases carried by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, including Zika, dengue and chikungunya.
The World Mosquito Program's Wolbachia method uses the bacteria to help to block viruses from being transmitted between people. The WMP uses a uniquely self-sustaining method that does not pose risk to existing ecosystems, and has the potential to transform the global fight against life-threatening viral diseases.
Following years of laboratory research and field trials with promising results, the World Mosquito Program’s approach has widespread support from communities, governments and regulators. The not-for-profit WMP is now working to make our approach more affordable and effective for use in at-risk communities around the world.