Australian support for eliminating malaria and health research in the Indo-Pacific
Global effort to end malaria: Bishop
The Australian Government is pleased to support the inaugural Malaria World Congress, held in Melbourne from 1-5 July. The meeting has brought together global specialists to share ideas and strategies towards the goal of eliminating malaria.
Australia is playing a leading role in supporting malaria elimination efforts, particularly in the Indo-Pacific. The Government's Stronger Systems for Health Security program is supporting practical, relevant research into fundamental health security challenges.
Australian government has launched a new $16m malaria fund
Julie Bishop says eradicating malaria is possible in our lifetime but eliminating the mosquito-borne disease must be done in partnership with other nations.
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Professor Brendan Crabb, director and chief executive officer of the Burnet Institute — who has been the driving force behind the inagural Malaria World Congress in Melbourne — applauds Australia's improved $16 million Malaria funding as a good step to helping our neighbouring countries in combating the deadly disease.
Disease outbreaks such as Ebola are genuinely terrifying.
We normally associate them with the exotic and the unknown — UN emergency workers tramping through African dust in biohazard suits, fighting a rearguard action against a mysterious foe.
However, just 150 kilometres north of Australia a more familiar epidemic is unfolding. An ancient parasite is spreading faster than at any time this century.
The global battle to fight and eradicate malaria will descend on Melbourne next month.
Despite past success in global malaria control, the disease remains a major public health risk in tropical regions globally and this year the World Health Organisation warned that progress in the fight to eradicate malaria has stalled.