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 December 2019)
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.
Our team in Vanuatu
Our dedicated team is working hard to monitor and support the projects in Port Vila. Together with our local partners, the World Mosquito Program employed 44 staff in Vanuatu.