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Dr Luciano Moreira, Project Lead of the World Mosquito Program's project in Brazil, presented the innovative Wolbachia method, which uses Aedes aegypti mosquitoes with Wolbachia bacteria to prevent the local transmission of dengue, Zika, chikungunya and yellow fever. Dr Moreira addressed the advancement of the World Mosquito Program in Brazil and also shared the results obtained in some of the 12 countries in which the World Mosquito Program is currently operating.

G-STIC is a series of conferences that aims to increase the development and deployment of technological innovations that will enable the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While the World Mosquito Program supports many of the SDGs, it primarily contributes to SDG #3: Good Health & Well-being, in particular Target 3.3: Fight Communicable Diseases.

G-STIC is organised annually by five non-profit research and technology institutions and brings together heads of state and government, opinion makers, policy makers and representatives from industry, academia and United Nations agencies.

For the first time, the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), which is bringing the World Mosquito Program's Wolbachia method to Brazil under the guidance of the Ministry of Health, is one of the organisers of the conference. Fiocruz was responsible for G-STIC’s health theme, one of the main themes of the conference. The other themes of the conference focus on water, the circular economy, agroecology, energy, education and georeferencing.

Learn more about G-STIC 2018.