Spotlight returns to mosquito-borne viral disease epidemics in the Pacific

By Pacific Island Times News Staff

While battling the Covid-19 pandemic, the Pacific islands continue fighting their long-drawn battle against epidemics from viruses spread by mosquitoes with 96 outbreaks (69 dengue outbreaks, 12 Zika virus and 15 Chikungunya) reported between January 2012 and May 2021.

The Pacific Community (SPC) today announced its partnership with James Cook University to support the Pacific’s vector surveillance efforts aimed at controlling mosquito-borne diseases across the region.

The Pacific Mosquito Surveillance Strengthening for Impact (PacMOSSI) project is funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) to support the management of the increasing number of vector-borne disease outbreaks in the region.

The PacMOSSI consortium in its philosophy of building regional networks and sharing best practices aims to reduce the burden of these diseases and to improve the wellbeing of Pacific people.

It is a partnership between Pacific Island countries and 12 international institutions working to support effective vector surveillance and control in participating countries.

PacMOSSI is focused on training on vector surveillance, capacity development, country surveillance and response plans, implementation research and ensuring that Pacific island countries and