South Tarawa, Kiribati

There is a long history of mosquito-borne diseases in the Pacific, including Kiribati.

The World Mosquito Program is pleased to be partnering with the Kiribati government to bring its Wolbachia method to local communities. Funded and supported by the Australian Government’s innovationXchange, the initiative will be rolled out across South Tarawa, including Betio, in 2018.

The WMP is engaging with the community to find out how we can work together to implement our unique and sustainable method to reduce the risk of dengue, Zika and chikungunya.

The World Mosquito Program's method involves releasing mosquitoes that carry Wolbachia, natural and safe bacteria that reduce the ability of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes to pass viruses between people. The mosquitoes we release breed with the wild Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in the area, passing Wolbachia from generation to generation.

Introducing Wolbachia carrying mosquitoes has the potential to reduce the risk of mosquito-borne diseases in Kiribati. Long-term monitoring shows that Wolbachia is self-sustaining at high levels in the majority of our project sites up to eight years after release. In these areas, we have not seen any dengue outbreaks. 

We are interested in hearing from the local community. Please contact us with any questions or comments.

Find out more about the World Mosquito Program's self-sustaining Wolbachia method.