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View the latest updates from the World Mosquito Program in Port Vila.

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. 

We are now rigorously evaluating both the levels of Wolbachia in the mosquito population and the impact of Wolbachia on the transmission of dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases.

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.

Vanuatu
Project status
Monitoring
Release areas
12
Target population
53,999
WMP in Vanuatu
 
Vanuatu

Progress updates

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.