Mosquito borne-diseases are a health concern for people living in Fiji. In 2018, more than 4,000 dengue cases were reported in Fiji.
The World Mosquito Program was pleased to announce a new partnership with the Fijian health authorities in August 2017. The WMP and the Ministry of Health and Medical Services in Fiji have made a commitment to work together to implement our innovative approach to protect people from mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue, Zika and chikungunya.
Supported and funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the initiative began with the roll out of the WMP’s Wolbachia method across the Lami-Suva-Nakasi Corridor between July 2018 and March 2019, in collaboration with government and local communities.
In June 2018, the WMP received funding from the New Zealand Government to continue to reduce the dengue burden in Fiji. The funding has enabled the WMP to expand its self-sustaining method to Fiji's Western division to include more than 120,000 people in areas around Nadi and Lautoka.
The World Mosquito Program's approach involves releasing mosquitoes that carry Wolbachia. Wolbachia are natural and safe bacteria that reduce the ability of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes to transmit viruses between people. The mosquitoes we release breed with the wild Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in the area, passing Wolbachia to their offspring.
It is not an emergency measure but is a long term, self-sustaining solution to significantly reduce the risk of future outbreaks in high-risk areas. The WMP's Wolbachia method is also compatible with other methods such as insecticides and vaccines.
The WMP is looking forward to working with the community to find ways to reduce the risk of Zika, dengue and chikungunya in Suva and is interested in hearing from the community. If you have questions or comments, please contact us.
Read the latest update from our projects in Fiji.
Find out more about the World Mosquito Program's self-sustaining Wolbachia method.