Australia Contributes to Asia- Pacific’s TB Cause

Nearly 10 million people each year are affected by Tuberculosis (TB) in the South East Asia and Pacific regions, with an average of new 60& cases added to the growing number each year. TB has been cited as the most common cause of death by a single infection and among the top 10 causes of death worldwide according to WHO (World Health Organization). Australia is stepping in to do its bit in fighting this deadly disease.

The Country has announced that it will push in $13 million to help global initiative in combatting TB. The Government will provide $5 million to support intensive TB detection and treatment under Australia’s Health Security Initiative for the Indo-Pacific region.

The front runners will be Australian Universities and Research Centers appointed by the Federal government that will work closely with the researchers and experts of the Asia- Pacific regions. The idea is to not only provide the money but also accumulate the best minds from the country to work on the solution for the cause. Australia will help in developing new strategies that improve outcomes for individuals and the community. It will work at building a collaboration between Australia and Pacific island countries. The initiative will enable an exchange and flow of knowledge and capability to Pacific island countries to support workforce development.

The Government is committed to helping address the health and human security needs of Asia- Pacific Countries. Minister Hunt is attending the 6-8 August Pacific Health Ministers Meeting in Papeete, French Polynesia. These biennial meetings are an important opportunity to strengthen cooperation on shared health challenges in the Pacific.