The World Mosquito Program is working in Medellín to protect communities from mosquito-borne diseases like dengue, Zika, chikungunya and yellow fever.
After conducting laboratory studies to examine the impact of Wolbachia on dengue, Zika and chikungunya viruses in Colombia, we have worked in Bello and Medellín to explain our Wolbachia method and gain consent from these communities.
Since receiving the community’s support in Bello and Medellín, we have released Wolbachia mosquitoes in these areas.
The Medellín area has a long history of mosquito-borne diseases, with major outbreaks of dengue in 2010 and 2016 affecting more than 35,000 people.
(Date updated June 2023)
We’ve been working with communities in Colombia since 2012 to help prevent mosquito-borne diseases. Read our progress updates to see our latest news.