September 11, 2023 (Hilo, HI) – The Pacific Vector Network (PVN), Hawaii Department of Health, Hawaii Invasive Species Council, and the Pacific Southwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (PacVec), in partnership with the Pacific Island Health Officers’ Association (PIHOA), are pleased to announce that the 2023 Pacific Vector Control and Outbreak Response Training on Mosquitoes will be held from September 11 through 15, 2023 in Hilo, Hawaii.

More than 40 participants will be participating in the training from Hawaii and twenty Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs): American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Hawaii, Kiribati, Republic of Marshall Islands, Nauru, Republic of Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Wallis and Futuna. The training is funded through training grants (PVN and PacVec) from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  

Participants will learn hands-on from subject matter experts how to identify mosquito habitats, place traps in different environmental conditions, and implement proper mosquito control methods. This training will also provide networking opportunities and peer-to-peer learning amongst our Pacific region vector management professionals, who will share strategies and best practices learned on their islands.