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 (WMP) is a not-for-profit initiative that works to protect the global community from mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika, dengue and chikungunya. The WMP introduces Wolbachia into Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, the primary vector of these viruses. Wolbachia are naturally occurring bacteria found in 60% of all insect species, and are safe for humans, animals and the environment.
Once mosquitoes with Wolbachia are released, they breed with wild mosquitoes. Over time, the majority of mosquitoes carry Wolbachia. These mosquitoes have a reduced ability to transmit viruses to people, decreasing the risk of Zika, dengue and chikungunya outbreaks.
The WMP is currently operating in 12 countries across Asia, the Americas and the Pacific Islands, 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 and chikungunya.
The WMP has two regional hubs – our Asia hub in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and Oceania hub, based at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. These hubs support projects in their respective regions and contribute to core global operations.
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 WMP is now working to make our approach more affordable and effective for use in at-risk communities around the world.