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Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – The engineered mosquito, Wolbachia, has begun to be released in five regions of Indonesia. In an official statement on the Sehat Negeriku page, it is explained that the five regions included in the pilot project are Semarang, West Jakarta, Bandung, Kupang and Bontang.

This mosquito distribution trial was carried out to prevent the spread of dengue fever.

The mosquitoes resulting from lab tests are said to be able to paralyze the dengue virus in the Aedes aegypti mosquito. In this way, it is hoped that the disease will no longer be transmitted to the human body.

Bill Gates, through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is one of the sponsors of this Wolbachia mosquito research.

But perhaps not many people know, there are Indonesian scientists behind the Wolbachia mosquito research. He is Prof. Dr. Adi Utarini, lecturer and researcher at Gadjah Mada University (UGM).

Adi Utarini was named one of TIME’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2021. His name made Indonesia famous thanks to his research on mosquitoes.

Utarini, who collaborated with World Mosquito Program researchers, is considered instrumental in suppressing the development of dengue fever in Yogyakarta.

Even businessman and philanthropist Melinda Gates admires his figure. Melinda expressed her admiration specifically through a post on her personal Instagram account @melindafrenchgates. In this post, Melinda makes Adi Utarini proud.

“I never thought I would be happy with mosquito bites. Then I met Dr. Adi Utarini,” wrote Bill Gates’ ex-wife in an Instagram post.

“In a breakthrough experiment, he proved that inoculating mosquitoes with a bacteria called Wolbachia could help reduce levels of deadly dengue fever by preventing them from transmitting the disease,” he continued.

In an interview with Detik news, quoted Thursday (23/11), Adi Utarini explained his research. They inoculated mosquitoes with Wolbachia. This bacteria is not dangerous to humans, but can prevent mosquitoes from transmitting dengue fever from their bites.

This Wolbachia technology has gone through an efficacy test and was completed in August 2020. Together with his team, Adi Utarini then implemented this technology in Sleman Regency through the Si Wolly Nyaman program.

“After the Wolbachia efficacy test results were completed in August 2020, we are currently focusing on implementing Wolbachia technology in Sleman Regency through the Si Wolly Nyaman, Wolbachia-Safe Mosquito Prevents DHF program in Sleman. In this program we are collaborating with the Sleman Regency Government through the Sleman Health Service ,” he explained.

This study was a breakthrough for the organization he helped. Adi Utarini was the first to prove that this technique was successful in reducing disease levels in the community. Together with the WMP Yogyakarta team, Adi Utarini succeeded in reducing dengue fever cases in Yogyakarta City by 77%.

Previously, Adi Utarini was also named by the research journal Community Nature Research as the 10 people considered most influential in the development of science in 2020.

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