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Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance established

Australia is helping to improve health systems and supports large-scale disease prevention and treatment.

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2013/14 estimated outcome

$765.3 million

2014/15 budget estimate

$784.7 million


New development policy

Australia’s priorities in health are set out in a new development policy for the aid program and a new performance framework to improve aid program performance, value for money and results.

More about the development policy

Research overview

Health and medical research for development is fundamental to improving the impact of investments in health, developing or improving medicines and vaccines, and tackling public health threats such as drug resistance.

Australia is committed to an innovative research portfolio. We support health and medical research to improve the effectiveness of our investments in health and pilot new ideas, contribute to the development of new medical technologies, and stimulate catalytic solutions to key health problems in our region.

We provide funding for research including through:

  • competitive grants
  • research partnerships with Australian, international and developing country research institutions
  • commissioned research to address a specific question or clearly defined research gap
  • one-off research grants, where an existing program of research is relevant to the Australian aid program.

Global health statistics

Under-five mortality rate (2012) 48 per 1,000 live births1
Total number of under-five deaths (2012) 6.6 million1
Proportion of under-five deaths in first month of life (2012) 44 per cent1
Maternal mortality ratio in developing countries (2010) 240 deaths per 100,000 live births2
Estimated number of people living with HIV globally (2012) 35.3 million3
Estimated number of new HIV infections globally (2012) 2.3 million4
Estimated number of deaths from AIDS-related causes globally (2012) 1.6 million5
Estimated number of people living with HIV in Asia and the Pacific (2011) 4.883 million6
Estimated number of malaria cases (2012) 207 million7
Estimated number of malaria deaths (2010) 627,0007
Estimated number of tuberculosis cases (2012) 8.6 million8
Number of tuberculosis deaths (2012) 1.3 million8
Number of deaths from non-communicable diseases (such as cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases, cancer) in low and middle-income countries (2008) 29 million9
Number of people who are visually impaired or blind (2011) 285 million10

Data and information sources (exernal websites)

1 UNICEF 2013, Levels and Trends in Child Mortality Report 2013 p.1
2 UN MDG Report 2013, p.10
3 UNAIDS, 2013 Global Report, p.A15
4 UNAIDS, 2013 Global Report, p.A33
5 UNAIDS, 2012 Global Report, p.A45
6 UNAIDS, 2012 Global Report, p.14
7 World Malaria Report 2013, p.1
8 WHO, Global Tuberculosis Report 2013, p.ix
9 WHO, Global Status Report on Non-communicable Diseases 2010, p.9

10 WHO, Visual Impairment and Blindness, Fact Sheet No. 282, Updated October 2013




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Good health is a human right and a means to achieving other development goals. However, many countries remain off-track to meet the health Millennium Development Goals and the poorest and most vulnerable people continue to bear the greatest burden of ill-health. Australia can, and does, make a difference to the health of poor and vulnerable people, particularly in Asia and the Pacific region. 


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Australia’s investment in health is based on what works, is effective and achieves results. We provide a mix of support, focussing on working with national governments to fund health systems and services, in addition to supporting multilateral health agencies and civil society organisations to expand the reach and impact of our aid. We focus our health assistance on Asia and the Pacific region, but also provide targeted support to East Africa. 

Find out more about how we give aid for health


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  • Reduce child mortality
  • Improve maternal health
  • Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

Last reviewed: 18 June, 2014