WHO report highlights importance of self-sustaining Wolbachia method in tackling tropical disease
The Eliminate Dengue Program welcomes a new report released last week by the World Health Organization (WHO) at the Global Partners’ Meeting on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in Geneva.
The report, ‘Integrating neglected tropical diseases in global health and development’, highlights the importance of innovative new tools, such as Eliminate Dengue’s self-sustaining Wolbachia method being used around the world, to prevent and control the transmission of mosquito-borne disease. It also acknowledges the potential of Eliminate Dengue’s work with Wolbachia to help countries suffering from neglected tropical diseases to work towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
In March 2016, the World Health Organization convened a Vector Control Advisory Group (VCAG) to review options for mosquito control in response to Zika. The group issued a statement, which recommended pilot deployments of the Program’s Wolbachia method. In October 2016, after almost six years of small-scale field trials across five countries, Eliminate Dengue also received a major increase in government and philanthropic support to commence large-scale trials.