The Ministry of Health in collaboration with the World Mosquito Program (Monash University) and in partnership with the Vanuatu Red Cross society are working to help protect Port Vila communities from mosquito-borne diseases, such as dengue, chikungunya and Zika.
We have developed a public acceptance approach that will enable the World Mosquito Program and Ministry of Health gauge community support for this program in Port Vila. An important element of this model is the project launch which will bring together a cross section of the Port Vila community to be made aware of this new initiative.
What we do:
Did you know Dengue, chikungunya and Zika affects hundreds of millions of people all over the world. People in Port Vila are at risk of these diseases too. A type mosquito called Aedes aegypti passes these illnesses from person to person.
The Program has developed a natural and safe method to help protect us from these diseases. In combination with traditional methods (covering water, clearing of bushes, burning coil and other methods) we use natural and safe insect-only bacteria called Wolbachia.
When Wolbachia is inside an Aedes aegypti mosquito, the mosquito cannot pass on dengue, chikungunya and Zika. We have specially bred Port Vila Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that have Wolbachia. When they mix with wild Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, they pass Wolbachia to their babies. We hope to introduce Wolbachia to almost all Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in Port Vila, helping to protect people from dengue, chikungunya and Zika.
Later in 2018 you will see our team working across Port Vila, releasing mosquitoes that carry Wolbachia.
What can you do?
The support of the Port Vila community is very important to the World Mosquito Program, Vanuatu Ministry of Health and the Vanuatu Red Cross Society. With community support and government approval, MOH to carry out the release phase June this year.
If you have any questions or comments about our work, please contact us at [email protected]. You can also find us on Facebook – World Mosquito Program Vanuatu.