In Mexico, mosquito-borne diseases are a growing threat to local communities. A series of large-scale dengue outbreaks have occurred in recent years, and infection rates are expected to increase by 40 per cent over the next 50 years. Similarly, the number of Zika cases increased rapidly after a worldwide outbreak of mosquito-borne disease in 2015.
Dengue represents a significant health burden for communities in La Paz, a municipality of the state of Baja California Sur. During 2013 and 2014, Baja California Sur experienced a dengue epidemic, with 8090 confirmed cases. For that period, La Paz had the highest number of confirmed cases in Mexico.
In March 2018, the World Mosquito Program established a partnership with the government health authorities in Baja California Sur to establish Mexico's first project in La Paz. Local and national government officials are supporting the project, hoping it can offer a long-term, sustainable alternative to current disease-control approaches.
(Data updated December 2019)
In Mexico, the World Mosquito Program is working with the local community, partners and supporters in La Paz.
Our Mexican team
Our dedicated team is working hard to monitor and support the projects in La Paz. Together with our local government partners, the World Mosquito Program employs 33 staff in Mexico.