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.
Our pilot project to introduce naturally occurring Wolbachia bacteria to mosquito populations in Nouméa started in 2019. Releases have continued following initial success and the last mosquito releases in the city took place in June 2021. The latest results in May 2023 show that 89% of mosquitoes now carry Wolbachia.
In September 2021, the towns of Mont-Dore and Dumbéa joined forces with WMP and its partners to deploy the Wolbachia method in their municipality. Mosquito releases took place from January to June 2022 in the districts of Auteuil, Koutio, Cœur de Ville, Dumbéa-sur-Mer and Plaine Adam in Dumbéa and in the districts of Yahoué, Pont-des-Français, La Conception, Robinson, Boulari and Saint-Michel in Mont-Dore. At the end of these releases, more than half of the mosquitoes were already carrying Wolbachia. Results in April 2023 showed that 77% of mosquitoes in Dumbéa and 71% of mosquitoes in Mont Dore now carry Wolbachia.