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The World Mosquito Program is working in Colombia to protect communities from mosquito-borne diseases like dengue, Zika, chikungunya and yellow fever. 

The World Mosquito Program in Colombia is part of a global, not-for-profit initiative that is working to protect local communities from mosquito-borne diseases.

More than 25 million people are at risk of dengue, which is more than half of Colombia’s population. A number of large-scale outbreaks have occurred in recent years. The number of Zika cases also increased rapidly following a global outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease in 2015.

WMP in Colombia
Project status
Various stages across the different areas
Release sites
30
Target population
3,492,693
Total reach so far
2,459,825
Size of the project
147 km²
Colombia
 
Colombia

Release areas

WMP in Colombia
 

A large-scale research trial is now underway in Bello and Medellín. As well as measuring the impact of Wolbachia on the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases, this research is expected to demonstrate a significant reduction in the number of new cases of dengue, Zika and chikungunya.

Recently, three new cities have joined this initiative in Colombia: Cali in the Cauca Valley; and Itagüí and Sabaneta in the Aburrá Valley.

Following many years of laboratory research and field trials with promising results, we have received widespread support from communities, governments and regulators around the world. 

The World Mosquito Program’s work in Colombia is generously supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Combating Zika and Future Threats Grand Challenge.

Engagement and public acceptance

Our Public Acceptance Model guides engagement, communication and
issues management. No mosquitoes are released until we receive endorsement by the
local Community Reference Group.

93.5%

public acceptance in Bello (Paris)

90%

public acceptance in Bello (municipality)

97%

public acceptance in Medellín
WMP in Colombia
 
Colombia

Our team in Colombia

Our dedicated team is working hard to monitor and support the projects in Bello, Medellín, Cali, Itagüí and Sabaneta. Together with our local partners, the World Mosquito Program employs 168 staff in Colombia.