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19 Apr 2018 description

Malaria remains a health security threat for many in our region. Today at the Malaria Summit High-Level Panel Discussion at CHOGM in London, I announced three new initiatives as part of our goal to eliminate malaria in the Indo-Pacific by 2030.

In July 2018, Melbourne will host the first Malaria World Congress (MWC) to boost cooperation, innovation and action for malaria elimination.

05 Apr 2018 description

Tropical Cyclone Gita made landfall in Tonga on 12 February, causing severe damage to the main island of Tongatapu. The cyclone damaged or destroyed almost 2,000 homes, caused the evacuation of over 4,500 people and left more than 80% of homes in Tonga without power.

Australia's humanitarian assistance

29 Mar 2018 description

The Australian Government partnered with eight leading humanitarian agencies in a joint appeal to help Rohingya who need assistance following violence in Myanmar.

From 11 November – 9 December, the public donated more than $5.3 million dollars to these agencies, which include the Australian Red Cross, Australia for UNCR, CARE Australia, Caritas Australia, Oxfam Australia, Plan International Australia, Save the Children Australia and World Vision Australia.

28 Mar 2018 description

Joint media release

  • Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP
  • Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells

As part of Australia's post-earthquake assistance to Papua New Guinea, an Australian Medical Assistance Team (AUSMAT) has travelled to Papua New Guinea to assist with health needs following the 7.5 magnitude earthquake that hit the Highlands region on 26 February.

19 Mar 2018 description

Act for Peace and its local partner, the Organisation for Eelam Refugees Rehabilitation (OfERR), are improving the quality of health care across 107 refugee camps in India. These camps house over 60,000 Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka.

The program achieves its success through linking refugees to essential healthcare services. It also provides nutrition support and personal development programs.

18 Mar 2018 description

Act for Peace and its local partner, the Organisation for Eelam Refugees Rehabilitation (OfERR), are improving the quality of health care across 107 refugee camps in India. These camps house over 60,000 Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka.

The program achieves its success through linking refugees to essential healthcare services. It also provides nutrition support and personal development programs.

09 Mar 2018 description

Today we announce additional humanitarian assistance to support Tongan communities devastated by Tropical Cyclone Gita.

Gita hit Tonga's main island of Tongatapu and nearby ‘Eua island on the night of 12 February, causing extensive damage to housing and infrastructure. Over 100 homes have been destroyed and over 1,000 more have been damaged. Around 4,500 people are staying in evacuation centres. Power remains down across the capital, Nuku'alofa, and the water supply is also affected.

08 Mar 2018 description

Today I announce that Australia will increase its contribution to support Afghanistan in defeating terrorism and pursuing peaceful development and regional stability.

During a debate in the United Nations Security Council, I announced that the Australian Government will provide $60 million over three years in humanitarian assistance to help meet critical food security, protection and health needs of displaced people, refugees and host communities in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

07 Mar 2018 description

Joint media release:

Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP
Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne
Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells

7 March 2018

The Australian Government is increasing its humanitarian support to Papua New Guinea to assist those affected by the devastating 7.5 magnitude earthquake on 26 February.

07 Mar 2018 description

On Monday 26 February, an earthquake of 7.5 magnitude at 9 km depth struck the Highlands region of Papua New Guinea, particularly Hela and Southern Highlands provinces. A series of strong aftershocks have since been reported across the Highlands, including a 6.7 magnitude quake on 7 March. On 1 March, PNG Prime Minister O'Neill announced a State of Emergency in Hela, Southern Highlands, Western and Enga Provinces.

Australia's humanitarian assistance

06 Mar 2018 description

On Monday 26 February, an earthquake of 7.5 magnitude at 9 km depth struck the Highlands region of Papua New Guinea, particularly Hela and Southern Highlands provinces. A series of strong aftershocks have since been reported across the Highlands. On 1 March, PNG Prime Minister O'Neill announced a State of Emergency in Hela, Southern Highlands, Western and Enga Provinces.

Australia's humanitarian assistance

04 Mar 2018 description
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Humanitarian relief supplies

  • 7 Australian Defence Force (ADF) C-17 Globemaster flights transported humanitarian relief supplies and technical teams
  • 135 tonnes of humanitarian supplies were provided
  • Emergency shelter tool kits were provided for over 2000 families

Technical teams

01 Mar 2018 description

The Australian Government is providing humanitarian support to Papua New Guinea following a devastating 7.5 magnitude earthquake that hit the country’s Highlands region on 26 February.

The Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary has reported the earthquake has resulted in the deaths of at least 20 people and hundreds more have been injured. These figures may change as the situation in remote areas becomes better known.

Australia is providing $200,000 worth of humanitarian support, including tarpaulins, water purification tablets, and water containers.

23 Feb 2018 description

Tropical Cyclone Gita has caused severe damage in the Pacific. It made landfall in Tonga during the night of Monday 12 February as a destructive category 4 storm, causing severe damage to the capital Nuku'alofa.

Over 4,500 people have been displaced in evacuation centres and almost 2,000 homes damaged, including more than 130 destroyed.

Approximately 50% of the main island, Tongatapu’s, electricity network was compromised, leaving 80% of homes in Tonga without power.

20 Feb 2018 description

Tropical Cyclone Gita has caused severe damage in the Pacific. It made landfall in Tonga during the night of Monday 12 February as a destructive category 4 storm, causing severe damage to the capital Nuku'alofa.

Almost 1500 homes have been partially destroyed and close to 300 have been destroyed. Over 4500 people are currently displaced in evacuation centres.

The cyclone also hit Samoa on Saturday 10 February as a category 2 storm.  Both governments have declared a state of emergency.

16 Feb 2018 description

Tropical Cyclone Gita has caused severe damage in the Pacific. It made landfall in Tonga during the night of Monday 12 February as a destructive category 4 storm, causing severe damage to the capital Nuku'alofa.

Our thoughts are with the people of Tonga. Officials from the Australian High Commission in Tonga are in contact with the Government of Tonga to provide support in the aftermath of the cyclone.

Australia's humanitarian assistance

06 Feb 2018 description

Violence in Rakhine State in Myanmar has led to over 600,000 people fleeing over the border to Bangladesh since 25 August 2017. Most of these people arrived with few or no possessions and are reliant on humanitarian aid to survive. Almost 60 percent of new arrivals are children.

Australia is working closely with humanitarian partners to provide assistance to displaced people and host communities, both in Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Australia's humanitarian assistance

18 Jan 2018 description

The Australian Government is providing further support to combat the outbreak of highly contagious and deadly diphtheria amongst Rohingya in Bangladesh who have fled violence in Myanmar.

There have been more than 2,500 cases of suspected diphtheria, including 1,900 children, in camps accommodating Rohingya. At least 30 people have died from the disease, which causes extreme swelling of the throat making it difficult to breathe and swallow.

21 Dec 2017 description

The Australian Government is deploying a team of medical experts to Bangladesh to survey health needs following an outbreak of highly contagious diphtheria in camps accommodating Rohingya who have fled from Myanmar.

The deployment of the medical team follows a request for urgent assistance from the World Health Organization (WHO). Since November, more than 1,300 people, including 1,000 children, in the camps are thought to have contracted diphtheria, which can cause death from extreme swelling of the throat. 

18 Dec 2017 description

The Australian Government is partnering with the Australian Red Cross and Australia for UNHCR to help Rohingya who need assistance following violence in Myanmar.

This includes more than 620,000 people, mostly women and children, who have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh.

Matching public contributions

The Australian Government is matching more than $3.5 million in funding raised by the Australian Red Cross and Australia for UNHCR since 11 November.