The World Mosquito Program in Fiji is part of a global, not-for-profit initiative that is working to protect local communities from mosquito-borne diseases.
Mosquito-borne diseases are a serious health concern for people living in Fiji. Dengue outbreaks of varying magnitude have been documented in Fiji since 1971. Large epidemics of different serotypes occurred in 1997–98 and 2013–14, with small sporadic outbreaks in between. Since 2014, the incidence of dengue in Fiji has remained high and there have been regular smaller outbreaks. In 2018, more than 4,000 dengue cases were reported in Fiji.
(Data updated June 2023)
Engagement and public acceptance
The approach is not an emergency measure but is a long term, self-sustaining solution to significantly reduce the risk of future outbreaks in high-risk areas. WMP's Wolbachia method is also compatible with other methods such as insecticides and vaccines.
Since 2011, we have been conducting field trials using our Wolbachia method around the world. Long-term monitoring shows that Wolbachia is self-sustaining at high levels in the majority of our international project sites. In areas where high levels of Wolbachia are present, we have not seen any dengue outbreaks.
Since 2017 the World Mosquito Program has been working with Fijian health authorities to release mosquitoes in three locations across the country.