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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.

(Data updated March 2020)

WMP in Colombia
Project status
Various stages across the different areas
Project sites
5
Number of people reached
2,760,152
Total area reached
131.01 km²
Project sites - Colombia
 
Colombia

Project sites

A large-scale research trial is now underway in Bello and Medellín. Recently, three new cities have joined this initiative: Cali in the Cauca Valley, and Itagüí and Sabaneta in the Aburrá Valley.

WMP in Colombia
 

As well as measuring the impact of Wolbachia on the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases, our research in Colombia is expected to demonstrate a significant reduction in the number of new cases of dengue, Zika and chikungunya.

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.