Our second application was an ‘insectary data’ tool, built to assist laboratory technicians with their task of rearing enough mosquitoes to meet the demand of new project sites. Rearing mosquitoes is an expensive endeavour, requiring close monitoring and screening of the eggs and insects before they can be released. The application tracks information on the rearing process, including yield, feeding schedules, materials required and mortality rates. This allows the WMP to track progress against their targets, and course-correct where needed.
Finally, we created “Epi”, an application used in medical clinics for impact assessment. The application helps with collecting patient data to support the WMP's randomised control trials in Indonesia and Colombia. Having this information helps the WMP to demonstrate the effectiveness of their approach, and to secure additional funding.
Today, the WMP has reached more than 1 million people in areas where Wolbachia carrying mosquitoes have been released. Through their collaborative and innovative approach, the WMP aims to expand its reach and help to reduce the global burden of mosquito-borne diseases.