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HEALTH—ASIA PACIFIC REGION—MALARIA

Senator Rhiannon, also on behalf of Senators Di Natale, Birmingham and Pratt, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1005—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) government and non-government organisations have made considerable progress in reducing deaths from malaria in the Asia Pacific region,

  (ii) the World Health Organization estimates that since 2000 malaria mortality rates have fallen by more than 25 per cent, and

  (iii) the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria plays a key role in the malaria response in the Asia Pacific region; and

 (b) calls on the Government to consider:

  (i) supporting action to address malarial drug resistance with the aim of eliminating malaria in all Asia Pacific countries,

  (ii) providing funding to support such action with particular focus on the poorest countries and those with high levels of drug resistance, and

  (iii) measures to ensure that programs to reduce malaria also contribute to improving health services in the region.

Question put and passed.