Protecting the Pacific from mosquito-borne diseases

On 12 August, Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop was in Suva to officially launch the Eliminate Dengue Program’s new partnership with health authorities across the Pacific.

An innovative approach that tackles mosquito-borne diseases using a naturally occurring bacteria, Wolbachia, the project will be delivered in Fiji, Kiribati and Vanuatu.

The exciting new partnership is supported and funded by an AUD $7.7 million investment through the Australian Government’s innovationXchange.

Our self-sustaining Wolbachia method has been welcomed by local governments, health agencies and community representatives, who are pleased to see the growth of our program in to the Pacific.

“Through collaboration and innovation, our global approach can help to protect local communities in Fiji, Kiribati and Vanuatu from mosquito-borne diseases including dengue, Zika and chikungunya,” says Professor Scott O’Neill, EDP’s Program Director.

The rapid growth follows promising results from pilot projects across the world. With the addition of Fiji, Kiribati and Vanuatu, EDP is now operating in 10 countries.

Learn more about our Wolbachia method.