October 10, 2017
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has launched the new Indo-Pacific Health Security Initiative to prevent and contain disease outbreaks from our region.
The minster said “Australia’s health security is linked to the health security of our Indo-Pacific neighbours. In an inter-connected world, diseases such as Ebola, MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) and Zika Virus do not respect borders.”
The Indo-Pacific Health Security Initiative has funding of $300 million over five years to improve health systems and invest in research and partnerships to mitigate the social and economic risks of a major disease outbreak.
Image: Aedes aegypti – CDC