Australia is Fiji's leading donor in health and improving human development is one of the objectives for Australian assistance in Fiji. Fiji is dealing with the ‘dual burden’ of communicable and non-communicable disease.
A goal for Fiji, recognised in WHO’s Cooperation Strategy, is to be able to detect, assess and respond to common epidemic-prone diseases. Fiji is also working to strengthen arrangements with regional response partners for early technical assistance and surge capacity in the event of a transnational threat or disaster. Fiji hosts a number of key regional partners including a sub-regional office of the World Health Organization, as well as some of the operations for The Pacific Community.
For the Centre for Health Security, key partners working in Fiji include the University of Sydney, Tupaia and the CSIRO through our Research for One Health Systems Strengthening program with the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). The Centre for Health Security works closely with the Government of Fiji and through Australia’s High Commission in Suva to provided targeted support for health security in Fiji. Existing and new investments will address gaps identified by the scoping missions commissioned by the Centre for Health Security in 2018. Several volunteers have been placed in Fiji through the Health Security Corps, including with Fiji’s Ministry of Health and Medical Services.
In March 2019, DFAT opened a call for proposals under the Health Security Initiative for country-specific and multi-country activities to strengthen infectious disease detection, prevention and response in the Indo-Pacific region. Two streams of funding have been established:
- The Pacific Infectious Disease Prevention (PIDP) program - $25 million over 2019-2022.
- The ASEAN-Pacific Infectious Disease Detection and Response (APIDDaR) program - $28 million over 2019-2022.
As at November 2019, the Centre for Health Security is undertaking a collaborative design process with a group of preferred partner organisations, who were selected on the basis of demonstrated organisational capacity and activity concepts.
The following programs supported under the Health Security Initiative include Fiji as one of the target countries:
Country & Regional
Tupaia combines data from multiple sources to help improve medicines availability, map disease outbreaks, respond to disasters and strengthen service provision in the Indo-Pacific.
DFAT supports the World Mosquito Program (WMP) to trial the use of Wolbachia bacteria to reduce the transmission of the dengue virus, as well as other arboviruses including Zika and chikungunya, in several countries in the Pacific and Southeast Asia.
Research & Development
Stronger Systems for Health Security