World Mosquito Program
The World Mosquito Program (WMP) is Monash University’s groundbreaking research program utilising wolbachia bacteria to prevent mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue, Zika, chikungunya and yellow fever. In 2020 the Program opened its third regional hub in Panama City, providing a vital channel into Latin America, and successfully launched its first mosquito release in Colombo, Sri Lanka in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medical Services. Other regional hubs are in Oceania and Asia.
During 2021, WMP published the results of its largest trial to date in the New England Journal of Medicine, the world’s most prestigious medical research journal. The findings showed WMP’s Wolbachia method dramatically reduced dengue incidence in a randomised controlled trial in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.