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Join us as we work towards a world free from mosquito-borne diseases like dengue, Zika, chikungunya and yellow fever.
 

The World Mosquito Program is a not-for-profit initiative that’s protecting communities around the world from mosquito-borne diseases. Pioneered by Australian researchers at Monash University, we use safe and natural bacteria called Wolbachia to reduce the number of people contracting mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue, Zika, chikungunya and yellow fever.

 
We aim to protect
people from mosquito-borne diseases by 2023
 
Our Wolbachia method

Thanks to a tiny bacterium called Wolbachia, together we can do incredible things. Using our groundbreaking research, we’ve created a way to block the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases including dengue, Zika, chikungunya and yellow fever.

By breeding mosquitoes that carry safe and natural Wolbachia bacteria, we can effectively prevent diseases from spreading in whole cities and even regions. Our evidence shows that in areas where Wolbachia is self-sustaining at a high level, there have been no dengue outbreaks.

Wolbachia is introduced into
a mosquito egg
Wolbachia-carrying mosquitoes
are released
Wolbachia spreads naturally
 
community members in Yogyakarta
Collaboration

We’re collaborating with communities around the world to reduce the threat of mosquito-borne diseases. 

The World Mosquito Program partners closely with community groups and local health officials in the areas where we work. We collaborate with communities and ensure they are comfortable with our approach before releasing Wolbachia-carrying mosquitoes.

Bill Gates

Within just a few minutes, my arm swelled up with dozens of bites. It was a small price to pay for an amazing project that has the potential to turn the tide against a terrible disease.

Bill Gates
 
About us

Our story began with a tiny bacterium called Wolbachia. Using Wolbachia, we have pioneered a way to provide mosquito-borne disease protection. In fewer than 10 years, we have expanded from our pilot site in Australia to work in 12 countries around the world.

2008

We discover that Wolbachia prevents dengue transmission when carried by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes

2008
We discover that Wolbachia prevents dengue transmission when carried by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes
2011

We start releasing Wolbachia-carrying mosquitoes in Cairns, Northern Australia

2011
We start releasing Wolbachia-carrying mosquitoes in Cairns, Northern Australia
2015

Wolbachia is successfully established and self-sustaining, with no local dengue transmissions

2015
Wolbachia is successfully established and self-sustaining, with no local dengue transmissions
Global Progress Map
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    Global progress

    India

    We’re working with local communities in India to reduce the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases.

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    Global progress

    Sri Lanka

    We’re working with local communities in Sri Lanka to reduce the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases.

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    Global progress

    Vietnam

    We’re working with local communities in Vietnam to reduce the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases.

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    Global progress

    Indonesia

    We’re working with local communities in Indonesia to reduce the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases.

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    Global progress

    Australia

    We’re working with local communities in Australia to reduce the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases.

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    Global progress

    New Caledonia

    We’re working with local communities in New Caledonia to reduce the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases.

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    Global progress

    Vanuatu

    We’re working with local communities in Vanuatu to reduce the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases.

    Vanuatu
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    Global progress

    Fiji

    We’re working with local communities in Fiji to reduce the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases.

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    Global progress

    Kiribati

    We’re working with local communities in Kiribati to reduce the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases.

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    Global progress

    Mexico

    We’re working with local communities in Mexico to reduce the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases.

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    Global progress

    Colombia

    We’re working with local communities in Colombia to reduce the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases.

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    Global progress

    Brazil

    We’re working with local communities in Brazil to reduce the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases.

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  •  
    Global progress

    India

    We’re working with local communities in India to reduce the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases.

    View our progress
  •  
    Global progress

    Sri Lanka

    We’re working with local communities in Sri Lanka to reduce the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases.

    View our progress
  •  
    Global progress

    Vietnam

    We’re working with local communities in Vietnam to reduce the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases.

    View our progress
  •  
    Global progress

    Indonesia

    We’re working with local communities in Indonesia to reduce the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases.

    View our progress
  •  
    Global progress

    Australia

    We’re working with local communities in Australia to reduce the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases.

    View our progress
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    Global progress

    New Caledonia

    We’re working with local communities in New Caledonia to reduce the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases.

    View our progress
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    Global progress

    Vanuatu

    We’re working with local communities in Vanuatu to reduce the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases.

    Vanuatu
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    Global progress

    Fiji

    We’re working with local communities in Fiji to reduce the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases.

    View our progress
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    Global progress

    Kiribati

    We’re working with local communities in Kiribati to reduce the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases.

    View our progress
  •  
    Global progress

    Mexico

    We’re working with local communities in Mexico to reduce the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases.

    View our progress
  •  
    Global progress

    Colombia

    We’re working with local communities in Colombia to reduce the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases.

    View our progress
  •  
    Global progress

    Brazil

    We’re working with local communities in Brazil to reduce the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases.

    View our progress
  • India
    Target population 616,536
    Release sites 2
    Project status Community engagement
  • Sri Lanka
    Target population 214,835
    Release sites 25
    Project status Community engagement
  • Vietnam
    Target population 15,670
    Release sites 2
    Project status Monitoring
  • Indonesia
    Target population 242,666
    Release sites 6
    Project status Post-release monitoring
  • Australia
    Target population 312,183
    Release sites 7
    Project status Post-release monitoring
  • New Caledonia
    Target population 99,945
    Release sites 5
    Project status Community engagement
  • Vanuatu
    Target population 53,999
    Release sites 12
    Project status Monitoring
  • Fiji
    Target population 273,900
    Release sites 23
    Project status Monitoring
  • Kiribati
    Target population 36,961
    Release sites 2
    Project status Monitoring
  • Mexico
    Target population 253,840
    Release sites 1
    Project status Releasing mosquitoes
  • Colombia
    Target population 3,492,693
    Release sites 30
    Project status No dengue outbreaks in Wolbachia treated areas of city-wide deployments.
  • Brazil
    Target population 1,264,890
    Release sites 2
    Project status Preliminary results of city-wide deployments indicate dengue decrease
 
About us

When we release Wolbachia mosquitoes into a community, it’s crucial we have the support of the people who live there. So when a community leader in Narewa Village, Fiji, told us he felt like we were ‘releasing hope’ we could not have been happier. This is our ultimate goal. To free people from the fear and suffering caused by mosquito-borne disease.

Man with release box
 
Our Wolbachia method

Sustainable projects

The World Mosquito Program's method of reducing mosquito-borne diseases is natural and self-sustaining.

It’s unique because it usually only needs to be applied once to be effective. This makes it a sustainable, affordable and long-term solution to mosquito-borne diseases.