About PacMOSSI

Bula, Talofa, Halo, Mālō e lelei, Kia Orana, Mauri!

The PacMOSSI project is a regional partnership between Pacific Island countries and 12 international institutions working to combat mosquito-borne diseases throughout the Pacific. It comprises a series of initiatives jointly coordinated by James Cook University, the World Health Organization, and the Pacific Community, with funding from the Australian and French governments.

With support from the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) and the European Union (EU), we are working on a collaborative project to increase capacity to combat mosquito-borne diseases in Pacific Island Countries and areas.

  • Our joint initiatives aim to mitigate mosquito-borne diseases threats across PICs through improved vector surveillance and control.
  • Our team consists of credible and well-respected individuals and organisations backed by a consortium of partners with expertise in mosquito-borne disease control.
  • We focus on preventing current and emerging arboviral and parasitic diseases transmitted by mosquitoes in PICs such as dengue, chikungunya, Zika virus disease & malaria.
  • We collectively aim to provide useful, practical information and support to PICs that align with WHO recommendations and guided by PIC governments.

How will the project do this?


Country Progress

Determine vector surveillance & control strength and needs in Pacific Island countries.
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Training tailored to the needs of vector borne diseases control program staff influencing vector surveillance and control best practices, mosquito species identification & insecticide resistance testing.
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Data management

Pacific Island country staff will be trained to use a web-based data management system to support country & regional mosquito surveillance.

Operational research

Provide grants to support development of country-specific operational-research to generate local data to improve vector surveillance and control.
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Country specific strategic plan aligned with best practice

PacMOSSI will work with national vector borne disease control programs to develop country specific workplaces aligned with best practice.

Meet the Management Team

PacMOSSI activities are managed by James Cook University, the World Health Organization and the Pacific Community (SPC). Members of the PacMOSSI Management Team are:

Professor Tom Burkot

Co-Lead for PacMOSSI

Mosquito-Borne Diseases, Group James Cook University, Cairns, Australia

Dr Tanya Russell

Co-Lead for PacMOSSI

Mosquito-Borne Diseases Group, James Cook University, Cairns, Australia

Dr Amanda Murphy

Research Fellow, James Cook University

PacMOSSI Program Coordinator

Dr Salanieta Saketa

Secondary contact for country partner enquiries

Surveillance, Preparedness and Response Program, Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji

Dr Tessa Knox

Research Fellow, James Cook University

PacMOSSI Communications and Strategic Planning