REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA — World Mosquito Program (WMP) CEO Scott O’Neill puts forward mosquito innovation Temples of the Egyptians Wolbachia Scientifically proven to be able to protect 11.2 million people in 13 countries from dengue fever. Scott expressed this when he attended virtually at the DPR Commission IX Working Meeting, Tuesday (28/11/2023).
“We have worked in more than 13 countries protecting 11.2 million people by September 2023. Protecting the people who are protected,” said Scott O’Neill.
WMP is a non-profit initiative under the auspices of Monash University, Australia which aims to protect the world community from mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue, chikungunya, zika and yellow fever. He said, mosquito research Wolbachia In suppressing the replication of the dengue virus, it is carried out in a number of Latin American countries, Pacific Rim countries and the Asian region.
“Asia in Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Laos and Indonesia. Most of them are in Latin America,” he said.
The first research was carried out by WMP in northern Australia, specifically Townsville, on a land area of 300 square km in 2011-2017. As a result, the area with a population of 325 thousand people is completely protected from dengue disease.
“During that period, dengue transmission was completely eliminated,” he said.
He said the same results were also reported in five cities in Brazil, including Belo Horizonte, Rio and Niteroi through a 10-year partnership with the local government. The impact of the spread of mosquitoes Wolbachia which has been seen in Brazil since 2017-2020, it has succeeded in reducing dengue disease to almost zero cases after experiencing fluctuations in cases since 2007 and 2013, Scott added.
From these positive results, said Scott, the Brazilian government is taking advanced cooperation by building a Mosquito Mass Production Facility (MMPF) with a production capacity of 100 million mosquitoes per week.
“Because Brazil will expand from five cities to all of Brazil and a large number of mosquitoes are needed,” he said.
On trial Wolbachia In Colombia during the 2015-2022 period, WMP claims to have succeeded in protecting 4.5 million people living on 182 square km of land in four cities, including Medellin, Bello and Itagui.
“Here you can see the impact of reducing dengue cases by 95-97 percent since mosquitoes Wolbachia spread in 2017,” he said.
In trials in New Caledonia in the period 2019-2023, said Scott, mosquitoes Wolbachia succeeded in eliminating dengue and protecting around 150 thousand residents spread over an area of 144 square kilometers. WMP also reported the same success from the trial country in Sri Lanka, namely in two Colombo districts.
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