Australia will invest in high-quality health programs throughout the Southeast Asia and Pacific as part of the Partnerships for a Healthy Region project, a new five-year health care program to improve health outcomes and promote regional prosperity and stability.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative influence on the healthcare system in our area. Measles and diphtheria vaccination rates have decreased, while non-communicable diseases like heart disease are placing an increasing load on healthcare systems.
More significant development is required in the fight against HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria.
The Australian Government is seeking suggestions that meet the requirements of our region, particularly those related to combating infectious disease outbreaks, addressing non-communicable diseases, and enhancing mental health, in response to this common issue.
The Government will also provide funding for the study and creation of medications, vaccines, and diagnostics to combat diseases that plague the Pacific and Southeast Asia.
We will also broaden collaborations with international and regional organizations supporting the health systems in our region, as well as the regional health assistance offered by important Australian Government institutions.
Moreover, ongoing investments in sexual and reproductive rights and health will be made.
Inclusion of people with disabilities, gender equality, and addressing the effects of climate change on health are all goals of this project.
According to Senator the Hon: Penny Wong, Minister of Foreign Affairs, ensuring the security, prosperity, and stability of communities throughout the Pacific and Southeast Asia is crucial.
With partners, Australia is striving to rebuild their healthcare systems and build on investments made during acute phase of the pandemic. COVID-19 has reversed health sector and development gains in our region, she said.
“This new program proves that Australian Government is critical about investing in health in our region, the Indo-Pacific, about building more resilient communities, improving health outcomes, and saving lives,” said Hon: Pat Conroy MP, Minister for International Development and Pacific.
With assistance from partner governments, multilateral organizations, and non-governmental organizations, this effort will enhance Australia’s current regional health aid.