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  1. Supporting The Product Development To Uptake Pathway

    2 December 2020

    The Health Security Initiative for the Indo-Pacific is supporting a whole-of-system approach to ensure new products get to those who need them.

    A mid-term review of the Centre's support for Product Development Partnerships (PDPs) was recently completed. The review found continued evidence that the PDP model represents value for money.

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  2. Nicole Isles and Professor Maryza Graham, Doherty Institute

    Supporting Pacific island countries to conserve COVID-19 testing resources and reduce turnaround time

    2 December 2020

    Rapid and accurate diagnostic testing for the virus that causes COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) is central to controlling the global COVID-19 pandemic. However, the pandemic has placed an unprecedented global demand on laboratory supplies. There are critical shortages of some of these supplies, particularly COVID-19 testing cartridges for the Cepheid GeneXpert® testing platform.

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  3. Health Security Hero - Dr Tania Areori

    10 November 2020

    What is your new role and why did you choose to be involved?

    My new role is working part time as a project officer, with the Pacific Paravet Training Project. I chose to be in this role because coming from Papua New Guinea where there is a current shortage of veterinarians, I recognise the role para-veterinarians and animal health officers play in delivering animal health services in communities, especially in terms of biosecurity and livestock disease and production.

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  4. Older people in a Pacific island community
  5. Kiribati puts new Infection Prevention and Control measures to the test

    1 October 2020

    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. Following a review of their health security needs in 2017, the Kiribati Government requested support to strengthen infection prevention and control (IPC) in their health facilities. The island nation of 110,000 people has four hospitals, 37 health centres and 72 clinics.

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  6. Pacific nurses better prepared to face pandemic

    1 September 2020

    Australia is working with nurses in the Pacific region to better prepare them to face the coming COVID-19 health challenges.

    After seeing how other countries adapted their health workforce to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pacific nursing leaders identified that some nurses would be required to retrain so that they could fill critical care positions.

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  7. Australia to promote COVID-19 vaccine equity for developing countries

    26 August 2020

    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.

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  8. Strengthening mosquito control in Pacific Islands

    1 August 2020

    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.

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  9. Global Health Security Agenda calls for leadership on COVID-19

    23 July 2020

    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. A statement released by the GHSA Steering Group, of which Australia is a member, has pledged to place the highest priority on combatting the spread of COVID-19.

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    PINTAR Research Project Supports Indonesian Response to COVID-19

    9 July 2020

    Researchers funded through the Indo-Pacific Health Security Initiative are providing vital information to the Indonesian Government about COVID-19 treatment practices in community settings.

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