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Product Development Partnerships

The research and development of more effective drugs, vaccines, diagnostics and other health tools for neglected diseases is hindered by large upfront costs and low market returns. Product Development Partnerships (PDPs), which bring together public, private, academic and philanthropic actors, have emerged over the last two decades to drive the development of new tools for use in poor-country settings where commercial incentives alone will not drive product development. Australian Aid has funded PDPs to develop new tools for tuberculosis and malaria since 2013. An independent evaluation in 2017 found the investments performed strongly and represented good value for money. Through the flagship $75 million PDP Fund (2018-22), the Health Security Initiative for the Indo-Pacific extends and expands DFAT’s support for PDPs. The Fund aims to strengthen the global response against drug-resistant tuberculosis and malaria, and other mosquito-borne diseases through the development and market introduction of new tools, with a focus on the Indo-Pacific.

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Stronger Systems for Health Security

Initiated in 2017-18 and consisting of seven grants of up to $3 million over 2018 to 2021, the Stronger Systems for Health (SSHS) Program has a total value of $16.22 million.

The objectives of the program are:

  • To support high quality and collaborative health systems and/or policy research that contributes evidence to strengthen regional health security in Southeast Asia and the Pacific
  • To promote translation of that research into improved health policy and/or practice in the region
  • To increase the capacity and expertise of research institutions in the region in health systems and/or policy research related to health security; and
  • To contribute to the growth of Australian researchers’ experience of, and expertise in, health security issues in the region, for the benefit of Australia and the region.

The lead institutions funded through this program are: Burnet Institute, Menzies School of Health Research, The University of Newcastle, University of New South Wales and University of Sydney. Each lead organisations also has several other Australian and in-country project partners. Partner countries are East Timor, Fiji, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Vietnam.

Projects funded under the Stronger Systems for Health Strengthening program are:


Research for One Health System Strengthening

One of the Centre’s core principles is that health security cannot be achieved without a One Health approach. Approximately 75% of newly emerging infectious diseases are zoonoses (diseases that can transmit from animals to humans) that result from various anthropogenic, genetic, ecologic, socioeconomic and climatic drivers.

What is One Health?

One Health is an approach that recognises that the health of people, animals and the environment are interconnected. Across the Indo-Pacific, animal production systems are changing rapidly whilst animal health systems and their capacities to diagnose, treat and control diseases are generally weak and under-resourced. Ecological systems are also under strain from changing land use patterns and climatic effects. These factors pose major threats to human health.

The Research for One Health Systems Strengthening Program is a group of research projects co-funded with the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) addressing zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance and systems strengthening within the Asia Pacific. The projects being funded are outlined below: