Macquarie 50th Anniversary Award
The Macquarie 50th Anniversary Award funding is enabling the World Mosquito Program (WMP) to reach more countries and work toward its vision of a world where everyone can live a healthy life – free from the fear and suffering caused by mosquito-borne diseases like dengue, Zika, chikungunya and yellow fever. The funding is also driving efficiencies in the delivery of the intervention so it will be cost saving for governments to implement in the future.
of the world’s population live in areas vulnerable to devastating mosquito-borne diseases
will be reached using the Macquarie 50th Anniversary Award funding
Monash University’s World Mosquito Program takes a bold approach to protect global communities from mosquito-borne diseases. In this video we hear from Ms Bani, who has championed the program’s life-changing work in her own community in Kricak Village, Indonesia.
This video was filmed in 2020.
Monash University's WMP protects almost 11 million people (as of December 2022) in countries where they have released Wolbachia mosquitoes. The WMP continues to expand operations by building partnerships with local governments and communities increasingly embracing the Wolbachia method.
Research shows around three billion people are at risk of contracting dengue fever alone each year, with estimates suggesting 390 million people are infected with this disease annually.
To address this, the WMP has developed an intervention that introduces a naturally occurring bacteria called Wolbachia into the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the species most responsible for transmission of these diseases between people.
Since 2018, the intervention had been deployed by the WMP in 13 countries. The challenge is to scale it to cover millions more of the world’s at-risk population within 10 years, as well as bring the cost of the intervention down to US$1 per person.
The WMP’s vision is for a world where everyone can live a healthy life – free from the fear and suffering caused by mosquito-borne diseases like dengue, Zika, chikungunya and yellow fever.