Today I launch the Australian Government’s Indo-Pacific Health Security Initiative to combat the challenges of existing and emerging infectious diseases for Australia and our region.
Australia’s health security is linked to the health security of our Indo-Pacific neighbours. In an inter-connected world, diseases such as Ebola, MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) and Zika Virus do not respect borders. A major epidemic could potentially disrupt tourism, trade, investment and people movement, setting back regional economic growth and development.
Numerous countries in Africa are facing conflict, drought, food shortages and widespread displacement. The UN estimates millions of people are on the verge of starvation in Southern and Eastern Africa.
In September 2017, Australia provided $20 million to support international relief efforts in Somalia and South Sudan. This is in addition to the $19.3 million of humanitarian assistance provided to South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Nigeria and Kenya in May 2017.
Violence in Rakhine State in Myanmar has led to the displacement of over 515,000 people since August 2017, including over the border to Bangladesh. There are significant humanitarian needs for these people, including a lack of food, poor access to health care or clean water, and risk of sexual and gender based violence.
Australia is working closely with humanitarian partners to provide assistance to affected communities, both in Bangladesh and Myanmar.
Australia's humanitarian assistance
Today I announce the Australian Government will provide further assistance in response to widespread and devastating hunger and cholera in Yemen, South Sudan and Somalia.
The Government will contribute $30 million in humanitarian assistance for people in these countries who are facing the risk of famine due to conflict and drought.
In South Sudan and Somalia, millions have been forced to flee their homes and more than 13 million people require assistance. Australia is providing $20 million to support international relief efforts in the two countries.
Today I announce the Australian Government will provide urgently needed support to Nepal in response to the recent devastating floods and landslides that have left over 1.7 million people in need of assistance.
Australia will provide $2 million to the international relief effort, including $1 million through our humanitarian partnership with Australian non-government organisations and $1 million through the World Food Programme.
Today I announce two new initiatives to combat disease and improve nutrition in the Pacific.
The Australian Government will invest $7.7 million in innovative pilot programs targeting mosquito-borne diseases in Fiji, Vanuatu and Kiribati. Dengue is an insidious virus that emerges quickly when the conditions are right and in its severe form, it can be fatal. In Fiji, Vanuatu and Kiribati, over 30,000 people have been infected in the last decade.
Pandemics and emerging infectious diseases
Today I joined Sri Lankan Minister of Foreign Affairs Karunanayake to announce the Australian Government will provide life-saving support through the World Health Organization (WHO) to help combat a severe dengue outbreak in Sri Lanka.
Dengue is an insidious virus that emerges quickly when the conditions are right and in its severe form, it can be fatal. According to WHO, 50 to 100 million infections occur each year in over 100 countries – putting almost half the world's population at risk.
Today I announce that the Australian Government will provide humanitarian assistance to Myanmar.
Conflict has left more than 520,000 people in need of assistance in Myanmar, including over 210,000 people displaced in Kachin, Shan and Rakhine States. In addition, over 100,000 people displaced by conflict remain in refugee camps on the Thailand-Myanmar border.
Assistance of $16 million will provide education, health services, shelter and livelihood support for affected communities, as well as funding to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence.
Two million Australian dollars to support crucial reproductive health care and address violence against women among internally displaced people and returning migrants
Kabul 20 June 2017 - The Government of Australia has stepped up its long-running support for the crucial work the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, does in Afghanistan with a pledge of two million Australian dollars for emergency reproductive health care and supplies along with services to tackle violence against women among internally displaced people and returning migrants.
Every Home Global Concern’s (EHGC) Malawi Food Security Project is making a dramatic impact in the lives of the most vulnerable in Malawi's North. It focuses on some of the most basic needs of humanity, including the provision of food and drinking water and the eradication of disease.
Today on World Refugee Day I announce that the Australian Government will provide humanitarian assistance to support Afghan refugees in Pakistan, people returning to Afghanistan from neighbouring countries, and Afghan people who have been displaced by conflict.
The United Nations estimates over 3.3 million Afghan people are currently displaced across Afghanistan and Pakistan. Additionally, since January 2016 over 1.1 million people have returned to Afghanistan from neighbouring countries. Many returnees are in urgent need of assistance with resettlement and reintegration.
Today I announce that the Australian Government is providing humanitarian assistance to civilians displaced by the conflict in Marawi City in the southern Philippines.
The Australian Government is providing food and other supplies valued at $920,000 to help meet the urgent needs of more than 320,000 displaced people.
Our support includes the provision of tarpaulins, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, and water and sanitation kits through the Philippine Red Cross to assist 1000 displaced families.
Minister for Foreign Affairs
The Hon Julie Bishop MP
9 June 2017
Today I announce that the Australian Government will contribute new funding to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to help the global fight to end polio.
Today I announce that the Australian Government will provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Sri Lanka affected by devastating heavy rain, flash flooding and landslides.
The Australian Government will provide $500,000 to meet urgent needs identified by the Sri Lankan Government, with more than 557,000 people across Sri Lanka affected. Over 175 people have been reported dead, dozens reported as missing, with more than 70,000 currently displaced.
Today I announce that the Australian Government will provide further assistance to the millions of people across Africa forced from their homes, with more than ten million estimated to be on the verge of starvation due to ongoing conflict and widespread drought.
An additional $19.3 million in support will provide emergency food, healthcare, water and sanitation to people in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Nigeria and Kenya.
This report summarises the performance of the Australian aid program in 2014-15. It reviews progress with implementation of the Government’s policy and performance framework for the aid program.
Chapter 1 reviews progress towards the 10 strategic targets set by the Government to assess the performance of the aid program as a whole. Good progress has been made against the strategic targets.
This report summarises the performance of the Australian aid program in 2015-16. It reviews progress with implementation of the Government’s policy and performance framework.
The Australian Government will provide an additional $110 million over three years in humanitarian and stabilisation assistance for Iraq. This funding will help combat the Islamist terrorist group ISIS.
ISIS has now lost over 60% of the territory it once held in Iraq. More than two million people were liberated from its grasp in 2016. But there is more to be done.
Today I announce that the Australian Government will provide a package of assistance to address the immediate needs of the people of Yemen.
The humanitarian crisis in Yemen has worsened significantly. Over three million people have been displaced from their homes and 14 million people do not have sufficient food, including seven million on the verge of starvation.
Our assistance of $10 million will help to deliver food, healthcare, water and sanitation to protect the lives of vulnerable people, including women and children affected by the crisis.