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Burnet supports Australia's Aid Program aimed at fighting poverty

Burnet Institute

06 July, 2011

Helping people overcome poverty is a welcome message for mothers in Papua New Guinea. Photo by Professor John Reeder.

Helping people overcome poverty is the key purpose of Australia’s reformed Aid Program, a move strongly supported by the Burnet Institute.

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has announced Australia’s aid program will be more strategic, more transparent and will achieve real results.

“The Government is determined to ensure every aid dollar makes a real difference to the lives of the world’s poorest people. These are the most far-reaching changes to the aid program in more than a decade,” Mr Rudd said.

Burnet Institute Director and CEO, Professor Brendan Crabb also welcomed the Government’s commitment to strengthen and focus its aid efforts on our close neighbours in the Asia-Pacific region, with Indonesia and Papua New Guinea remaining the largest programs.

“The Government’s response in placing health high on the Aid Program strategic priority list is very heartening given the enormous challenges that poor and vulnerable communities in the Asia-Pacific region are facing,” he said.

“Achieving better health for these communities lies at the very core of Burnet’s focus on public health programs and our AusAID-funded projects in the region.

“With a million children still dying each year from malaria and AIDS, there is so much more to do and these reforms are a significant step forward in achieving that.”

Making a real difference, delivering real results outlines the Government’s response to the Independent Review of Aid Effectiveness. It’s the first review of Australian Aid since 1996.

“We welcome the increased focus on women’s empowerment, especially in the Asia-Pacific region where our research has identified that gender inequality remains a major hurdle to the eradication of poverty,” Professor Crabb said.

“Burnet also applauds the Review’s recommendation for greater investment in global research in agriculture and health.”

For more information on the Government’s response to the Independent Review of Aid Effectiveness visit www.ausaid.gov.au.

Contact Details

For more information in relation to this news article, please contact:

Professor Brendan Crabb AC

Director and CEO; Co-Head Malaria Research Laboratory; Chair, Victorian Chapter of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI)

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+61392822174

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