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Australia increases health aid in 1982

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12 January 1982


• The M inister for Foreign A ffairsz the Hon'Tony Street MPz and the Acting M inister for Healthz Senator Peter Baumez today announced increased financial, support by A ustralia for the World Health Organisation's Special Programs in 1982. |

The Ministers explained that a substantially increased flow of development assistance funds was being directed to the health sector. This reflected A u stralia's growing concern to contribute p o sitively toward improving the Third World's health situation^ A ustralia's

contributions were being p rin cip a lly directed to support the provision of primary health care as the means of achieving "Health for A ll by the Year 2000" for developing country populations.

The Ministers said A ustralia had recently pledged in Geneva contributions to:

. The Tropical Diseases Research Program ($350z000)z which aims to improve control and eradication mechanisms for six major tro p ical diseases (malariaz schistosomiasisz fila r ia s is z trypanosomiasisz leishmaniasis and leprosy). While prevalent mainly in the developing countries a ll nations were interested in the ongoing research into these scourge diseases. 1

. The Primary Health Care (PHC) In it ia t iv e Fund ($100z000) of the WHO Health Resources Group. This fund aims to strengthen the national development of primary health care systems in developing countries. (

. The WHO Diarrhoeal Diseases Control Program ($100z000) which is aimed at research and development of means to a lle v ia te diarrhoeal diseases (major causeiof m ortality in children under fiv e years). '

. The WHO Special Program of Research and Training in Human Reproduction ($115z000) which is responsible fo r a globally co-ordinated research program on human reproduction. -

A ustralia w ill be contributing fo r the f ir s t time to the PHC In it ia t iv e Fund/ a WHO Smallpox Eradication Program ($50z00Q) and the Diarrhoeal Diseases Control Program. i

In relatio n to the Smallpox Eradication Program the Ministers noted that the World Health Assembly formally declared smallpox to be eradicated during 1980 (the last fie ld case being detected in 1977). However the Ministers stated that the WHO must continue to survey a ll suspected casesz conduct appropriate researchz maintain records on a ll aspects of the eradication program and control liv e vaccination stocks in case of renewed disease outbreak.


The Ministers noted that in addition to these m u ltila te ra l avenues of assistance to improve the health situations in developing countries* Australia also conducted a wide range of b ila te ra l a c tiv itie s including water supply and sanitation improvements which had a d irect bearing on the health of people in developing countries.