Australian and Papua New Guinean research institutions will work together in partnership to address malaria, tuberculosis and other health security threats, under a new grants program funded by the Australian Government.
The grants will assist PNG’s health workforce and policymakers to identify and address the country’s health security threats, including multi-drug resistant malaria and tuberculosis.
The grants were provided under the Australian Government’s “Stronger Systems for Health Security Program” which supports practical, relevant research into fundamental health security challenges.
It is part of the Australian Government AUD300 million (K720.86) Health SEcurity Initiative for the Indo-Pacific, helping countries in the region to respond to the threat of infectious diseases by strengthening prevention, detection and response capacity.
The grants were launched recently by Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop and Minister for Health and HIV/AIDS, Sir Puka Temu.
Sir Puka Temu noted during the launch, the continuous support from Australia toward public health systems in the region by sending Australian health professionals and bringing health professionals to Australia.
The institutions which will be working together under the grants are:
- University of Newcastle (Australia);
- Menzies School of Health (Australia);
- Burnet Institute (Australia);
- National Department of Health (PNG);
- University of Papua New Guinea;
- Central Public Health Laboratory (PNG); and
- PNG Institute of Medical Research.
Source: Australian High Commission Media Release