New Caledonia to protect against mosquito-borne diseases

The World Mosquito Program (WMP) is excited to announce that New Caledonia will be the fourth country in the Pacific Islands to join our global initiative to protect communities from mosquito-borne diseases.

The WMP’s Director of Impact Assessment, Prof Cameron Simmons attended an official event in Noumea today to sign a collaboration agreement with the Government of New Caledonia, the City of Noumea and the Institute Pasteur in New Caledonia (IPNC).

The aim of the collaboration is to pilot the introduction of mosquitoes carrying naturally occuring Wolbachia bacteria to protect communities in New Caledonia from mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue, Zika and chikungunya. Pioneered by Australian scientists from the WMP, releases of Wolbachia carrying mosquitoes will commence in the city of Noumea later this year.

During the event, Prof Simmons addressed the importance of the pilot as a step towards providing local communities with long-term protection from mosquito-borne diseases.

“We are extremely pleased to be working with our partners to bring our long-term solution to the dengue burden in New Caledonia. We look forward to rolling out the program to communities in the city of Noumea,” says Prof Simmons.

“With mosquito-borne viruses posing a global health threat, our program provides an affordable solution to strengthen health security in the region.”

New Caledonia is the eleventh country to become part of the global not-for-profit initiative, joining Brazil, Colombia, Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka, Fiji, Vanuatu and Kiribati.

Read more about our Wolbachia approach.