Today we announce additional assistance for people affected by volcanic activity on Vanuatu’s Ambae Island, and the conclusion of the Australian Defence Force’s contribution to the relief and recovery effort.
The additional assistance will enable NGOs and the Government of Vanuatu to extend affected communities’ access to basic services, including education and healthcare. It will allow displaced people to resume more normal lives following their evacuation to the nearby islands of Espiritu Santo, Maewo and Pentecost and upon their return to Ambae Island.
Joint Australian and United States Governments’ Review of Support to Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia—Final report
This joint review assessed the effectiveness of the Australian and United States Governments’ support to Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia over the past 10 years.
Australia is providing up to $252,000 in humanitarian aid to civilians affected by fighting between Filipino soldiers and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in southern Philippines.
The aid will help thousands of families seeking refuge in evacuation centres who are among the 100,000 people displaced by fighting that began on 9 September when MNLF rebels attacked Mindanao’s Zamboanga City.
Australia and Myanmar have reaffirmed their commitment to development cooperation, sharing their visions for a prosperous and stable Myanmar with an improved quality of life for all its people.
Released By: Bob Carr, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Melissa Parke, Minister for International Development
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Bob Carr, and Minister for International Development, Melissa Parke MP, today announced a further $21.5 million in humanitarian assistance for people affected by the deteriorating situation in Syria.
Melissa Parke, Minister for International Development, has welcomed the United Nations report showing that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are making good progress.
Released by the United Nations Secretary General in Geneva, the Millennium Development Goals Report 2013 says that some of the MDGs are already met, and many other targets are within reach by the 2015 deadline.
MDGs that have already been achieved include:
halving extreme poverty (MDG 1)
Australia’s Agency for International Development (AusAID) and Asialink have hosted Australia’s first business engagement round table on Myanmar, held in Sydney on 19 June 2013. AusAID and Asialink, an Australian centre for building skills and understanding of the countries of Asia and of Australia’s role in the region, brought together government, academia, business and representatives from Myanmar, including a high-level delegation led by Myanmar’s Deputy Minister for Commerce, H.E. Dr Pwint Hsan.
Six months ago, Tropical Cyclone Evan devastated Fiji and Samoa. Heavy rain and winds of up to 270 kilometres per hour caused storm surges and waves up to four metres high. Thousands of people across both countries were displaced by the disaster which damaged or destroyed around 10,000 homes.
Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced $4.6 million to help Palestinian refugees, including those affected by the conflict in Syria.
Senator Carr announced Australian support during a meeting with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency's Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi in Lebanon today (overnight May 24-25 AEST).
"Australia recognises UNRWA's extraordinary efforts in delivering vital health and relief services to tens of thousands of Palestinian refugee families in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan," Senator Carr said.
Australia is giving international relief agencies an extra $12 million to help them respond to the humanitarian crisis unfolding as thousands more flee the fighting in Syria.
Since the fighting began, more than 1.5 million people have fled Syria. By the end of the year, these numbers could reach 3.6 million. Every day more than 5,000 Syrians cross into the neighbouring countries of Lebanon and Jordan.
Water, sanitation, education and housing services are being severely strained. Three quarters of those fleeing the conflict into Lebanon and Jordan are women and children.
Australia’s aid program will increase by $518 million in the 2013-14 budget to a record $5.7 billion – the equivalent of 0.37 per cent of gross national income (GNI) – the highest ODA/GNI level since 1985.
Foreign Minister Bob Carr said the Australian Government remained committed to increasing its aid budget to 0.5 per cent of GNI but this would be delayed to 2017-18 due to a write-dow in Government revenues.
The Asia-Pacific region remains the aid program’s highest priority, and will receive about 86 per cent of country specific aid in 2013-14.
AusAID Director General Peter Baxter visited Solomon Islands’ National Referral Hospital this week to meet the Australian medical team assisting local health authorities to combat a major outbreak of dengue fever.
Health officials estimate there have been more than 3,700 cases of suspected dengue since late January, putting significant strain on the country’s health resources.
The Governor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO, visited a number of AusAID project sites in Papua New Guinea last week.
On World Malaria Day 2013, 25 April, we reflect on the progress Australia and our partners have made to combat malaria in our region whilst recognising the challenges that remain.
The Asia–Pacific has made impressive progress in the fight against malaria. Between 2000 and 2010 there was an estimated 25 per cent decrease in the number of malaria cases and an even bigger decrease in the number of deaths.
Between 1998 and 2008, Zimbabwe experienced political polarisation and a deep economic crisis characterised by hyper-inflation and a cumulative GDP decline of about 50 per cent by 2008. Among the impacts of Zimbabwe’s decade-long economic collapse was the progressive deterioration in water supply and sanitation infrastructure across the country. The inability of local authorities to repair or maintain already ageing systems led to periodic outbreaks of water-borne diseases, including a devastating cholera outbreak which killed almost 5,000 people.
Australia and Bangladesh have signed a Statement of Commitment on development cooperation at high level consultations held in Dhaka this week. Last year Australia and Bangladesh celebrated 40 years of diplomatic relations, and development assistance has always been an important part of this relationship.
Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced Australia will provide an additional $99 million over the next two years for Indonesia’s flagship poverty reduction program.
Senator Carr said the National Program for Community Empowerment (PNPM) is benefitting around 40 million of Indonesia’s poorest people through community grants, allowing the community to decide where the needs are greatest.
The Nepal Thematic Report on Food Security and Nutrition 2013, updates the status of food security and nutrition in Nepal, and analyzes key food security trends over the past 15 years. This report is based primarily on the findings of the Nepal Living Standards Survey (NLSS) 2010/11, which covered 5,988 households and included anthropometric data collected from approximately 2,500 preschool children under 60 months of age.
The fight against tuberculosis in Papua New Guinea’s Western Province is making progress as a new TB ward, funded by AusAID, begins to take shape.
The new 22-bed TB ward at Daru General Hospital is part of a $31 million package of support Australia is providing to help the Government of PNG to improve health services in one of its poorest provinces.
There will be six isolation rooms to isolate patients in the infectious stage of TB so they do not pass the disease on to others, with a further 16 bed inpatient ward for TB patients in the convalescent stage.
A new emergency childbirth hotline is helping to save the lives of mothers in Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea.
The Childbirth Emergency Phone Project was launched by AusAID as a pilot project in October last year to help reduce the high maternal death rate in PNG.
The Alotau Hospital has reported mothers and babies are being saved because rural health workers can now directly communicate with trained medical staff at the hospital’s labour ward.