Aussie bid to combat regional disease risk
DEADLY infections that could rapidly spread in neighbouring countries, damaging the regional economy, will be combated with a cash injection by the Australian Government.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will be in Queensland today where she will announce the $300 million investment to help prevent and contain disease outbreaks that could potentially have devastating economic impacts.
The money will fund programs in the Indo-Pacific countries which includes the Indian Ocean, eastern part of the Pacific, north and southeast Asia as well as Australia.
Funding will flow to a number of programs over five years including research to address drug resistance in tuberculosis and malaria.
Ms Bishop said Australia’s health security was linked to the health security of our Indo-Pacific neighbours.
“Diseases such as Ebola, MERS and Zika virus do not respect borders,” she said.
“A major epidemic could potentially disrupt tourism, trade, investment and people movement, setting back regional economic growth.”