AUSTRALIA PROVIDES BASIC HEALTHCARE SUPPORT TO SI

Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands Andrew Byrne. Photo: Courtesy of Sydney Morning Herald.

Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands Andrew Byrne. Photo: Courtesy of Sydney Morning Herald.

Australia has provided about SBD$18 million to the Solomon Islands Government as part of its ongoing commitment to improving access to quality basic health care for all Solomon Islanders.

Australian High Commissioner Andrew Byrne said Australia is proud to be working with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services to improve access to health care for Solomon Islanders.

Mr. Byrne said the Australian funds will support the Ministry of Health’s core programs such as maternal and child health, medicine, medical equipment, malaria, water and sanitation.

Mr. Byrne said 40 per cent of all Australian funds is earmarked for the provinces to support hospitals and rural health care centres performing life-saving primary health care.

The payment was made under the Health Sector Support Program as budget support to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

Australia is providing up to AUD$80 million over four years to support the Solomon Islands Government achieve its national health objectives, under the National Health Strategic Plan.

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