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The World Mosquito Program

The Eliminate Dengue Program is rapidly expanding around the world. That’s why we’ve changed to the World Mosquito Program. This name reflects our commitment to helping to protect communities around the world from Zika, dengue and chikungunya using our natural and sustainable Wolbachia method.

About us

The World Mosquito Program (WMP) is a not-for-profit initiative that works to protect the global community from mosquito-borne diseases. Pioneered by Australian researchers, the World Mosquito Program uses a safe, natural and effective method to reduce the threat of mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika, dengue and chikungunya.

Known until recently as Eliminate Dengue: Our Challenge, the World Mosquito Program has expanded rapidly since launching its first pilot study in Australia in 2011. Following promising results from international pilot studies, local governments and communities are embracing the WMP’s Wolbachia method in 10 countries, with further projects in development.

We believe that through collaboration and innovation, our global approach can help to protect local communities from mosquito-borne diseases.

Our approach

The World Mosquito Program introduces Wolbachia - naturally occurring bacteria - into Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Once Wolbachia carrying mosquitoes are released, they breed generations of mosquitoes that help to block the transmission of Zika, dengue and chikungunya.

An innovation of the WMP, our Wolbachia method can protect communities from mosquito-borne diseases, without posing risk to natural ecosystems. Unlike most vector control initiatives, the WMP’s method is natural and self-sustaining.  

Long-term monitoring by our researchers show that Wolbachia is self-sustaining at high levels in the majority of our international project sites up to six years after release. In these areas, there has been no evidence of local spread of dengue.

The World Mosquito Program is currently operating in 10 countries around the world – including Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Vietnam, Kiribati, Fiji and Vanuatu. Led by Professor Scott O’Neill, the WMP brings together scientific collaborators from around the world with skills and experience in Wolbachia genetics, mosquito biology and ecology, Aedes aegypti-borne disease epidemiology, vector control, and health education and promotion.