This year, approximately 40% of the world’s population is at risk of acquiring a virus transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. These people all live in tropical regions and many in areas where poverty compounds the risk. These viruses cause diseases known as dengue, Zika, chikungunya and yellow fever. Infection can result in death, horriﬁc birth abnormalities in babies, extended periods of illness, loss of income and disruption of health systems during outbreaks. Sadly, for most of these diseases there are no eﬀective vaccines available, nor eﬀective methods for controlling the mosquito. As a result the disease burden is climbing, exacerbated by burgeoning tropical cities and the movement of people.
During the last 15 years the World Mosquito Program (WMP) has developed and tested a novel, eﬀective and safe solution to this enormous problem. We have developed the tools and methods to eﬀectively deploy this new public health intervention at scale and demonstrated our ability to do so.
Our challenge now is to make this new approach available to the maximum number of people globally in the shortest period of time. We will do this by undertaking a very focused and scaled deployment across two countries – Brazil and Indonesia. We will use these two countries as eﬀective demonstrations of the impact that can be achieved at scale across multiple cities. We’ll use existing highly functional partnerships from our prior work in these countries as well as new implementation partners that will help realise our scaling ambition. Through this approach we will establish the pathway to provide ongoing protection to millions of vulnerable and marginalised people across the world.
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