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Australia provides emergency medical assistance for Bougainville



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AUSTRALIA PROVIDES EMERGENCY MEDICAL ASSISTANCE FOR BOUGAINVILLE

Australia will provide emergency medical assistance worth $258,000 for people on Bougainville, the Minister for Trade and Overseas Development, Neal Blewett, announced today.

The assistance will be channelled through an Australian non government organisation team, Committee for Humanitarian Assistance and Rehabilitation Aid on Bougainville (CHERAB), who will work in close cooperation with the League of Red Cross and

Red Crescent Societies (LRCRCS). (A grant of $100,000 was made to LRCRCS by Australia in May for an immunisation program on Bougainville.)

"Medical services on Bougainville require urgent assistance", Dr Blewett said.

"Medicines are in short supply, the incidence of preventable diseases is rising and children need immunisation.

"Australian assistance will be provided with the agreement of the Papua New Guinea Government and the parties on Bougainville. The assistance includes emergency medical supplies and drugs. An Australian pharmacist will coordinate implementation of a medical

supply distribution system.

Discussions are also being held with the Papua New Guinea Government with regard to an earlier Australian offer to help identify rehabilitation needs on Bougainville.

Australian emergency assistance for Bougainville is part of the Australian development cooperation program, administered by the Australian International Development Assistance Bureau (AIDAB).

CANBERRA

24 June 1991

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COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY MICAH