Collaborating to address the current Zika outbreak and future
infectious disease outbreaks.

Projects Overview

A look at some of the breakthrough work being done to combat Zika and future outbreaks


Photo of a man with a backpack bent over barrell holding mosquito larvae Photo: USAID

Natural Yeast-based Larvicides

Developing and Testing Yeast Interfering RNA Larvicides

Organization: Trustees of Indiana University, Indiana University School of Medicine, and the University of Notre Dame

Location: South Bend, Indiana, USA

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Wolbachia-infected Mosquitoes

Scaled Deployment of Wolbachia-infected Mosquitoes to Block Disease Transmission

Organization: Eliminate Dengue Program, Monash University

Location: Melbourne, Australia

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Wolbachia-infected Mosquitoes

Testing Wolbachia-infected Mosquitoes to Suppress Population and Block Disease in Central and South America

Organization: Michigan State University

Location: East Lansing, Michigan, USA

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Combating Zika with Chromobacterium

An Environmentally Friendly Mosquitocide

Organization: Johns Hopkins University

Location: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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Electric Force Field

Repulsing Mosquitoes with Electric Pulses

Organization: Barcelona Institute for Global Health

Location: Barcelona, Spain

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Low-tech Treated Fabric for Outdoor Use

Testing Transflutherin-treated Fabric for Protection from Mosquitoes Outdoors

Organization: Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Location: Liverpool, United Kingdom

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Low-cost Treated Wall Hangings for Indoor Use

Testing Treated Net Hung Indoors to Prevent Mosquito-Human Contact - A Fast, New Intervention and an Innovative Method of Evaluation

Organization: QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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Human Scent Mimic Mosquito Trap

Developing a Chemical Lure Mimicking Human Scent to Trap Ae. aegypti

Organization: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Location: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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Low-cost Treated Sandals

Transfluthrin-treated Sandals For Providing Round-the-clock Protection Against Mosquito Bites

Organization: Ifakara Health Institute

Location: Ifakara & Dar es Salaam-Tanzania, Minas Gerais & Belo Horizonte - Brazil

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Rapid Habit Optimization Tool (R-SHOT)

A Field Tool that Recommends Optimal Habits and Motivational Tactics

Organization: Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Location: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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Mosquito Challenge Community Campaign

Kid Citizen Science to Combat Zika

Organization: Institute for Global Environmental Strategies and University Corporation of Atmospheric Research

Location: Arlington, Virginia, USA; Boulder, Colorado, USA

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A Low-Cost Network of Cloud Connected Ovitraps

Organization: Johns Hopkins University Center for Bio-engineering, Innovation, and Design

Location: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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Designing and Testing Tools for Pathogen Identification in Wild Mosquito Populations

Organization: Stanford University

Location: Stanford, California, USA

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Crowdsourced Detection of Mosquito Species Using Simple Flip Phones

Organization: Stanford University

Location: Stanford, California, USA

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Intelligent Trap to Enhance Zika Surveillance

Developing a Trap that Attracts, Captures, and Automatically Classifies Ae. aegypti Mosquitoes

Organization: São Paulo University

Location: São Paulo, Brazil

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Near Infrared Spectroscopy

Detecting Transmission Hotspots with Single 3-Second Reading

Organization: University of Queensland

Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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Citizen-led Disease Risk Mapping and Vector Monitoring

Data Analytics Platform to Collect Geo-tagged Data on Environmental Risk Factors

Organization: Premise Data

Location: San Francisco, California, USA

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Mapping the Risk of International Infectious Disease Spread

User-friendly Tool Mapping the Risks of Outbreak Events

Organization: International Society for Infectious Diseases/ProMED/Imperial College London/HealthMap/

Location: Brookline, Massachusetts, USA

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Identifying Data "Cold Spots"

Identifying and Forecasting Zika Hot Spots by Finding the Data Cold Spot

Organization: Dimagi

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

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Telecom Data for Enhanced Zika Surveillance

Merging Telecom Data with Zika Incidence Data to Create Nearly Real-time Monitoring of Zika Risk Flows

Organization: Dalberg Data Insights

Location: Brussels, Belgium

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Aerial Robotics for Vector Control

Using Aerial Robotics to Reduce Zika and other Threats to Public Health

Organization: WeRobotics

Location: Lima, Peru

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UAV Network for Surveillance and Delivery

Health System Strengthening for Routine Threat Surveillance and Commodity Delivery by UAV Networks

Organization: Vayu

Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

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IoT Software to Prevent Future Outbreaks

Organization: SystemOne

Location: Springfield, Massachusetts, USA

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Identify Peptides to Speed Development of Zika Diagnostics

Peptides to Distinguish Flaviviruses

Organization: J. Craig Venter Institute

Location: La Jolla, California, USA

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Handheld Point of Care Diagnostic

Rapid Handheld Diagnostic for ZIKV, DENV, and CHKV

Organization: Abbott's Ibis Biosciences Business

Location: Carlsbad, California, USA

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Rapid Point of Care Diagnostics for ZIKV, DENV, CHKV Using Blue Ray Technology

Organization: BluSense Diagnostics

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

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