Australia, China and PNG unite in anti-malaria effort

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For the first time, Australia, China and Papua New Guinea have united to collaborate with an on-the-ground health project directed against malaria.

Approximately 95 percent of the people living in Papua New Guinea are in areas that are considered at high risk for contracting malaria. The people most at risk for the disease are also the people who are most vulnerable. Malaria is a significant health as well as economic burden, and it has negatively affected Papua New Guinea and its development.

The project will take place in Papua New Guinea. It is an innovative cooperation project that has been made under the Memorandum of Understanding on Development Cooperation signed by China and Australia in 2013. The goal is to promote practical partnerships concerning development issues throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

The innovative project will use the focus of the aid program to improve the health systems in Papua New Guinea. The goal is to strengthen the important medical institutions so they can accurately and quickly diagnose and treat malaria.

With the Australian aid program, which will contribute $4 million during the next three years, China will also offer technical expertise and an in-kind contribution during the next three years.

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