Project

Eliminate Dengue Program in Vietnam

FHI 360 is a partner in the Eliminate Dengue Program, a large multi-institution research program led by Professor Scott O’Neill, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science at Monash University, Australia. The project is developing a highly novel approach to control mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue and malaria. The strategy uses a naturally occurring, obligate intracellular insect bacterium, Wolbachia pipientis, to block transmission of dengue viruses by the primary mosquito vector Aedes aegypti. Currently, preparations are under way in Vietnam to conduct a field trial of Wolbachia-infected Aedes aegypti in Khanh Hoa province. The goals of this release are to establish Wolbachia infection in natural mosquito populations and to demonstrate that its anti-dengue properties are present in mosquitoes under field conditions. The trial must also demonstrate to the local and international community that Wolbachia-infected mosquito releases are not harmful.

For information on Eliminate Dengue's work in other countries, please click here.

Resources

  • Eliminate Dengue Program Brochure 2010
    October 2010 — Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease that occurs in more than 100 tropical and subtropical countries worldwide. The Eliminate Dengue project is an international collaboration, pioneered by an Australian-led...
Countries:
  • Vietnam
Funder: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Grant
Duration: 2012 - 2015
URL: Eliminate Dengue Program in Vietnam