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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.

15 Dec 2017 description

The Australian Government will provide humanitarian support for communities affected by volcanic activity in Bali, Indonesia.

Indonesian authorities have established an exclusion zone around Mt Agung, and have evacuated at least 70,000 local residents.

The Government is contributing $600,000 to help meet the needs of 17,000 people who have been displaced from their homes, including the provision of clean drinking water, shelter, sanitation services and medical care. This assistance will also support farmers and workers who have lost their livelihoods.

23 Nov 2017 description

The Australian Government is partnering with humanitarian agencies to help more than one million people 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

During the appeal, every dollar donated to the Australian Red Cross and Australia for UNHCR will be matched by the Australian Government (up to $5 million).

20 Nov 2017 description

In Chivi District, Zimbabwe, CARE is providing equitable access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), with a specific focus on women and girls.

Chivi district is one of the driest in Zimbabwe where convenient access to clean water is difficult to come by. A majority of homes in Chivi lack toilets and over 50% practice open defecation. This means families are extremely vulnerable to preventable diseases that can be controlled through adequate sanitation, hygiene practices and access to clean and safe water.

31 Oct 2017 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

19 Oct 2017 description

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.

12 Oct 2017 description

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.

06 Oct 2017 description

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

18 Sep 2017 description

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.

01 Sep 2017 description

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.

12 Aug 2017 description

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.

20 Jul 2017 description

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.

08 Jul 2017 description

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.

21 Jun 2017 description

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.

21 Jun 2017 description

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.

20 Jun 2017 description

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.

20 Jun 2017 description

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.