Buzz about Dengue

Photo by Margot Steenbergen, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, 2017


This is a quick, team-based strategy game that teaches players how to combat Dengue Fever. Players take on the role of either humans or mosquitoes, and must balance protective actions and proactive actions to keep their community safe.

Learning objectives

This game aims to create awareness about the cause and consequences of dengue disease while providing useful information on how to reduce the risk of infection through community mobilisation and organisation.

Intended audience

Anyone over the age of 12

Playspace requirements

A table with room for 3 players to stand on opposing sides.


This game has been adapted by the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, from the original Humans vs. Mosquitoes game, designed by Clay Ewing, Lien Tran, Mohini Freya Dutta, Ben Norskov, Eulani Labay, Sophia Colantonio, Lauren Graham, Vanessa Lamers, and Kanchan Shrestha. This version has been created in collaboration with the Inernational Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Extra Ludic.

Creative Commons LicenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

For this game is needed:

Participants: 6
Facilitator skill: */***
Minutes for gameplay: 0 - 30 min