Australia's Health Security Initiative aims to build capacity and strengthen health security in the Indo-Pacific region through a range of multi-country, regional or country-level investments. Our programs are planned and designed in consultation with partner governments and other stakeholders across the region.
In the first half of 2018, two high-level scoping teams comprising Centre for Health Security staff and health experts completed consultations with partner governments and other stakeholders in the Pacific and Southeast Asia to identify priorities. Drawing on this scoping exercise and ongoing consultation, a Strategic Framework for the Health Security Initiative has been developed to build regional health security capacity. Coordinating with other donors and leveraging DFAT’s existing health programming, the Health Security Initiative also includes country-level activities tailored to meet specific country needs.
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.
Select a country to learn more about our programs and activities.