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.
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.
In our other project sites, long-term monitoring shows that Wolbachia is self-sustaining at high levels in our international project sites up to eight years after release. 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.
Our team in Fiji
Our dedicated team is working hard to monitor and support the projects in Suva, Lautoka and Nadi. Together with our local partners, the World Mosquito Program has employed 35 staff in Fiji.