Eliminate Dengue Program: Sri Lanka

Dengue is an increasing health concern for Sri Lanka. The World Health Organization reports that in 2017 dengue cases are more than triple the average for the same period between 2010 and 2016.

In July 2017, the Eliminate Dengue Program (EDP) established a research partnership with the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine to examine new, more effective ways to protect communities from dengue.

Supported by the Australian Government’s innovationXchange, the primary goal of this project is to pilot the implementation of our Wolbachia method in Sri Lanka. If successful, it could serve as a model for future large-scale implementation as a low-cost and sustainable method for the prevention of mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue, Zika and chikungunya.

EDP’s Wolbachia method is not an emergency measure, but rather a long-term, self-sustaining solution to reducing mosquito-borne disease. It is compatible with other methods such as insecticides and vaccines.

Led from Monash University in Australia, the Eliminate Dengue Program’s Wolbachia method has been trialled successfully in Australia, South East Asia (Indonesia and Vietnam) and Latin America (Colombia and Brazil) over the past six years.