In March 2018, we announced a new partnership with the Government of New Caledonia, the City of Nouméa and the Institute Pasteur in New Caledonia (IPNC) to protect communities in New Caledonia from mosquito-borne diseases.
We are using our approach to introduce naturally occurring Wolbachia bacteria to mosquito populations as part of a pilot project in Nouméa in 2019. Once Wolbachia-carrying mosquitoes are released, they will breed with wild mosquitoes. Over time, the majority of mosquitoes will carry Wolbachia. These mosquitoes will have a reduced ability to transmit viruses to people, decreasing the risk of outbreaks of dengue, Zika and chikungunya.
Following many years of laboratory research and field trials with promising results, we have received widespread support from communities, governments, non-government organisations and regulators around the world. New Caledonia is the fourth country in the Western Pacific to join the global initiative.