WMP's Wolbachia method featured at UN Global Conference
The World Mosquito Program's (WMP) Wolbachia method has been featured in the second Global Sustainable Technology & Innovation Conference (G-STIC), held in Brussels, Belgium, on 28-30 November.
Dr Luciano Moreira, Project Lead of the WMP’s project in Brazil, presented the WMP’s innovative Wolbachia method, which uses Aedes aegypti mosquitoes with Wolbachia bacteria to prevent the local transmission of dengue, Zika and chikungunya. Dr Moreira addressed the advancement of the WMP in Brazil and also shared the results obtained in some of the 12 countries in which the WMP is currently operating.
G-STIC is a series of conferences that aims to increase the development and deployment of technological innovations that will enable the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While the WMP supports many of the SDGs, it primarily contributes to SDG #3: Good Health & Well-being, in particular Target 3.3: Fight Communicable Diseases.
G-STIC is organised annually by five non-profit research and technology institutions and brings together heads of state and government, opinion makers, policy makers and representatives from industry, academy and United Nations agencies.
For the first time, the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), who is bringing the WMP's Wolbachia method to Brazil under the guidance of the Ministry of Health, is one of the organisers of the conference. Fiocruz was responsible for G-STIC’s health theme, one of the main themes of the conference. The other themes of the conference focus on water, circular economy, agroecology, energy, education and georeferencing.
Learn more about G-STIC at 2018.gstic.org