The Foreign Minister announced today that the Health Security Initiative for the Indo-Pacific will contribute AU$13.5 million to multilateral financing mechanisms for global emergency outbreak response.
Australia’s contributions will be directed to the WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies (CFE) and Cash Window of the World Bank’s Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEFF). The $4 million to the CFE will support rapid responses to infectious disease outbreaks, such as the DRC Ebola outbreak. On 8 May 2018 the WHO allocated US$2.6 million from the Contingency Fund to finance the early stages of its outbreak containment efforts in the DRC.
We will also contribute $9.5 million to the Cash Window of the World Bank’s Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility. This supports the scaling-up of national and international responses to major outbreaks where initial containment efforts are unsuccessful. On 22 May 2018, the Facility committed US$12 million to help bridge the financing gap in the DRC Ebola response.
These two contributions will be drawn from the $300 million Health Security Initiative managed by the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security, and support the Centre’s aim to promote regional and global cooperation in health security.
Foreign Minister Media Release