Watershed Interventions for Systems Health - WISH

What we aim to achieve:

A reduction in the incidence of water-borne diseases; typhoid, dengue, and leptospirosis in Fiji

How we will achieve it:  

By developing and testing real-time mobile tools to optimise water, sanitation and catchment management and training cross-sectoral teams to improve outbreak response.

Partners:

  • University of Sydney
  • Edith Cowan University
  • Fiji Ministry of Health & Medical Services
  • Fiji National University
  • World Health Organisation, Geneva

Where:

Fiji

Water-borne diseases are endemic in Fiji with 20 reported typhoid outbreaks since 2005, an outbreak of dengue affecting 27,000 in 2013-14 and a three-fold increase in leptospirosis since 2016. This project seeks to optimise water, sanitation and catchment management, improve outbreak response and minimise the impact of water-borne diseases.

Funding: $2,010,000

Program Manager:

Associate Professor Joel Negin

University of Sydney Press Release