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02 Jul 2018 description

The Australian Government is pleased to support the inaugural Malaria World Congress, held in Melbourne from 1-5 July. The meeting has brought together global specialists to share ideas and strategies towards the goal of eliminating malaria.

Australia is playing a leading role in supporting malaria elimination efforts, particularly in the Indo-Pacific. The Government's Stronger Systems for Health Security program is supporting practical, relevant research into fundamental health security challenges.

27 Jun 2018 description

The Australian Government will provide further funding over the next two years for CARE Australia to deliver humanitarian assistance to refugees in Jordan.

The USD $3 million funding will provide critical support to people affected by the Syrian and Iraq conflicts and help them rebuild their lives.

Australia has provided and committed more than $613 million to the humanitarian response since 2011.

20 Jun 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

Today on World Refugee Day we announce the Australian Government will provide additional humanitarian assistance to meet the urgent needs of Rohingya people in Bangladesh.

The UN estimates that more than 900,000 Rohingya are now living in Cox's Bazar, including more than 700,000 people who have fled Myanmar since August 2017.

08 Jun 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

Today we announce that Joint Task Group Indo-Pacific Endeavour 18 will provide further assistance to support the Government of Vanuatu in response to the ongoing impact of volcanic activity on Ambae Island.

30 May 2018 description

The Australian Government will increase its efforts to support international organisations to respond to infectious disease outbreaks in developing countries.

Australia will contribute $4 million to the World Health Organisation's (WHO) Contingency Fund for Emergencies to enable quick and effective mobilisation of WHO responses to outbreaks. This commitment will support the WHO Contingency Fund's containment efforts in the recent outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

25 May 2018 description
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Factsheet: Australia's assistance in response to displacement from Rakhine State, Myanmar

Violence in Rakhine State in Myanmar has led to over 693,000 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

21 May 2018 description

Joint media release

  • The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs

  • Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Minister for International Development and the Pacific

The Australian Government is assisting the Government of Fiji to respond to a recent meningococcal outbreak.

04 May 2018 description

Today I announce that the Australian Government is providing further assistance to address the needs of people affected by humanitarian crises in Myanmar, including in Rakhine and Kachin States.

The UN estimates that over 830,000 people in Myanmar need humanitarian assistance, including approximately 500,000 Rohingya in Rakhine State. The Rohingya community continues to depend on humanitarian assistance to survive as severe restrictions obstruct their access to income and essential services.

03 May 2018 description

Today we announce further humanitarian assistance to support the Government of Vanuatu respond to the latest volcanic eruption on Ambae Island.

For the second time since September 2017, volcanic ash has covered Ambae Island, making it largely uninhabitable and triggering its evacuation. Ash fall and acid rain have damaged crops, contaminated water sources, and pose serious long-term health and safety risks to more than 10,000 people. The Government of Vanuatu declared a state of emergency on 12 April and plans to relocate Ambae Island communities to neighbouring islands.

26 Apr 2018 description
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26 April 2018; Erbil, Iraq - The Government of Australia has committed to providing UNFPA Iraq with an allocation of AUD 12 million over three years. The timely allocation will support the emergency reproductive health (RH) and gender-based violence (GBV) related services in the country. As in all humanitarian crises, women and girls are excessively affected by violence. In Iraq, gender-based violence, including sexual violence and forced marriages, was used as a weapon of war mainly by the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIS).

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