Vanuatu has a long history of mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue. Large dengue outbreaks are frequent, including thousands of suspected cases in 2016 and 2017.
(Data updated June 2023)
Between July 2018 and March 2019, Wolbachia-carrying mosquitoes were released across Port Vila and surrounding areas, reaching a population of more than 50,000 people. By releasing in the areas most at risk of outbreaks, we expect that surrounding communities will also have greater protection against mosquito-borne diseases.