100&Change: 2020

Monash University

World Mosquito Program: Protecting Communities by Preventing Transmission of Mosquito-Borne Disease

We will scale our innovative and cost-effective Wolbachia method globally to prevent transmission of mosquito-borne diseases like dengue, Zika, chikungunya and yellow fever.

Submitted: August 2019
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Two-page overview of proposal
Competition Participation
100&Change: 2020
Current Work Location(s):
  • State of Queensland, Australia
  • Tỉnh Khánh Hòa, Vietnam
  • Departamento de Antioquia, Colombia
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Union Territory of Puducherry, India
  • Yangon Region, Myanmar
  • Estado de Baja California Sur, Mexico
  • Central Luzon, Philippines
  • Loreto, Peru
Priority Population(s):
  • Children and youth
  • Adults
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 1. No poverty
  • 3. Good health and well-being

Executive Summary:

Dengue, Zika, chikungunya and yellow fever are transmitted by the same mosquito vector, Aedes aegypti, affecting millions of people predominately living in the world’s poorest communities. The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified dengue as one of the top ten global health threats of 2019. The Zika virus pandemic of 2016 had a devastating impact on congenitally infected newborns. Climate change is expected to increase the global population at risk of these diseases. The World Mosquito Program (WMP) has developed an innovative solution, using Wolbachia infected mosquitoes, that has been shown to be efficacious, highly cost-effective and acceptable to communities. We have demonstrated that we can deliver this intervention at scale in multiple countries and we have already provided protection to millions of people. We now plan to make the required transformations in our scaling pathway to make the Wolbachia method available globally to tropical communities at risk.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

Monash University

website: https://www.monash.edu/
Organization Headquarters
Monash, State of Victoria, Australia
Organization ID
12 377 614 012
Annual Operating Budget
> $1 Billion
Number of Full-time Employees
> 1,000

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