Vector Surveillance and Control

Diseases like malaria, dengue and Japanese encephalitis cause over 14 million illnesses, and over 23,000 deaths in the Indo-Pacific each year. These diseases are spread by vectors, primarily mosquitos.

Australia’s Health Security Initiative is working to reduce the number of people who get sick from vector-borne diseases by: partnering with product developers to investigate more effective drugs to cure malaria, undertaking research to understand mosquito biting behaviour and tracking the spread of mosquitos and diseases. We are also supporting health experts to assist governments in the region manage malaria and vector control programs and strategies.