Campaign for Australian Aid welcomes government’s announcement to stamp out malaria from Asia Pacific by 2030
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s bold plan to eradicate malaria from the Asia Pacific by 2030 has been applauded by the Campaign for Australian Aid coalition.
“It’s encouraging to see the Australian government committing to our neighbours with an additional $6 million to help put an end to malaria in the region for good,” said Campaign Director for the Campaign for Australian Aid, Tony Milne.
“Malaria is a devastating mosquito-borne disease that kills 50,000 people each year in the Asian Pacific region. But it is preventable and treatable and Australia can make a real difference to help eliminate it forever.
“A malaria-free Asia Pacific will save 50,000 lives each year.”
Mr Turnbull announced the government’s commitment at the East Asia Summit held in Kuala Lumpur last weekend. His decision is a welcome sign the Government is taking up smart opportunities to meet the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development agreed to by World Leaders at the United Nations in September this year.
According to these goals, by 2030, the world aims to put an end to the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases.
For example, through Australian Aid, we have worked in partnership with Solomon Islanders to help decrease malaria rates in their country by 75 per cent since 2003 and reduce malaria mortality rates by 80 per cent.
“Malaria is a preventable disease and Australia needs to continue to show this kind of leadership on the world stage”.
If you’d like to arrange an interview or photo opportunity with Mr Milne, please contact Sarah Cannata on 0407 536 133.
About Campaign for Australian Aid
The Campaign for Australian Aid is a joint initiative of the Make Poverty History and Micah Challenge coalitions, for all Australians who believe we can and should do more as a nation to end extreme poverty around the world. It represents over 65 aid and development organisations, church, business and community groups.