The World Mosquito Program is working in Port Vila to protect communities from mosquito-borne diseases like dengue, Zika, chikungunya and yellow fever.
After conducting laboratory studies to examine the impact of Wolbachia on dengue and chikungunya viruses in Vanuatu, and engaging with the community to explain our Wolbachia method and gain their acceptance, we released Wolbachia-carrying mosquitoes across Port Vila in 2018 and 2019.
From mid-2020, 12 months after the completion of releases, we’ll be able to use disease surveillance data to assess the impact of our program on the health of the community.
We’ve been working with communities in Vanuatu since 2017 to help prevent mosquito-borne diseases. Read our progress updates to see our latest news.