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.
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