Australia invests in two initiatives to combat disease and reduce malnutrition in the Pacific
The Australian Government has announced A$7.7 million (US$6 million) to combat mosquito-borne diseases in the Pacific. In partnership with Monash University’s Eliminate Dengue Program and national health ministries, the programs will focus on detection of and response to dengue, Zika virus, and Chikungunya, in Fiji, Vanuatu, and Kiribati.
The government also announced that A$4 million (US$3 million) will be invested in the winning ideas of the LAUNCH Food Challenge, which aims to find innovative ways to improve global nutrition. A$2.5 million (US$2 million) will be earmarked for the Pacific.