The World Mosquito Program is working in and around Niterói to protect communities from mosquito-borne diseases like dengue, Zika, chikungunya and yellow fever.
The World Mosquito Program has been active in Brazil since 2012, when it was called Eliminate Dengue: Brazil Challenge. Between August 2015 and January 2016, the project released Wolbachia-carrying Aedes aegypti in two areas: Tubiacanga on Governador Island, in the city of Rio de Janeiro, and Jurujuba, a neighborhood of Niterói. These pilot projects have been monitored since early 2016 and have proven to be successful in establishing the Wolbachia-mosquito population.
A Community Reference Group met monthly to track World Mosquito Program progress in the city. Members of the group include representatives of the Coordination of the Family Medical Program - PMF Norte II, Coordination of the Family Medical Program - PMF Norte I, Vice Presidency of Collective, Ambulatory and Family Care (VIPACAF), Regional Polyclinic Dr Renato Silva (Engenhoca Polyclinic), Health information, education and communication Municipal Department (IEC / CCZ), Federation of Residents Associations of Niterói (FAMNIT), Residents Association of Boa Vista, Regional Administration of Engenhoc, Regional Administration of Fonseca and the Municipal Education Foundation.
WMP is looking for resources to finish Wolbachia mosquitoes deployment in Niteroi. The results are exciting so far: cases of dengue, chikungunya and Zika decreased, respectively, 69%, 56% and 37% in the four areas with Wolbachia mosquitoes compared to the control one.
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