The New Zealand Government joins the fight against dengue fever in Fiji
Mosquito borne-diseases are a health concern for people living in Fiji. In 2017, approximately 2,200 dengue cases were reported in Fiji. Between January and March 2018, 1854 confirmed dengue cases were reported in Fiji.
We’re pleased to announce that the World Mosquito Program (WMP) has received NZ$2.7m (A$2.5 million) from the New Zealand Government to help reduce the dengue burden in Fiji. The funding will enable the WMP to expand its self-sustaining method in Fiji to the Western division to include more than 120,000 people in areas around Nadi and Lautoka.
The WMP’s method uses naturally occurring bacteria called Wolbachia which are introduced into Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, reducing their ability to transmit the dengue, Zika and chikungunya viruses. Once released, the Wolbachia carrying mosquitoes breed with wild mosquitoes. Over time, the majority of mosquitoes will carry the naturally occurring bacteria, providing a long-term solution to these viruses.
“With this funding, we are delighted to be able to expand our self-sustaining program in Fiji, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services Fiji,” says Professor Scott O’Neill, Program Director for the World Mosquito Program.
“We look forward to working closely with community groups to help improve the health of communities over the long term by reducing the threat and impact of mosquito-borne disease outbreaks.”
The expansion of this project builds on our work in the Suva-Nausori Corridor, and Lami, which we are delivering in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services in Fiji, and Live and Learn Fiji, with support and funding from the Australian Government’s innovationXchange.
Since pioneering our method in Australia in 2011, we have expanded our work to 12 countries including Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka, Fiji, Vanuatu, Kiribati and New Caledonia.
Find out more about our work.