Kiribati Ministry of Health, along with help from an Australian infection prevention control (IPC) adviser were able to trial new training and processes during an outbreak of measles, a fortuitous test run ahead of preparing for potential COVID-19 outbreaks in the Pacific nation.
Australia will provide $80 million to the COVAX Facility Advance Market Commitment (COVAX AMC) to improve access to safe, effective and affordable COVID-19 vaccines for 92 countries in our region and around the world.
A new project funded by the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security will enable 12 Pacific Island nations to combat outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases and improve the health of people in the region by strengthening vector surveillance and control programs.
The Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) has reaffirmed the need for timely and transparent international cooperation a to stop the devastating public health, social and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Indo-Pacific Regulatory Strengthening Program (RSP) has rapidly moved key activities online to support Australia’s neighbours as they respond to COVID-19.
The Prime Minister of Australia announced on 5 May two grants of $7.5 million each to be provided under DFAT’s Indo-Pacific Health Security Initiative to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and The Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) respectively.
With a background in international development and experience working in China and Myanmar, Elenor Kerr wanted to be a part of the valuable contributions that field epidemiology can have towards responding to health emergencies in South-East Asia.
Epidemiologists from the ASEAN-Australian Health Security Fellowship Program are working with incident response leaders and frontline health workers in efforts to contain and the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic across South-East Asia.