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Development assistance: ASEAN and Mekong Program

Providing regional health assistance and support for aid delivery in South-East Asia

Providing regional health assistance and support for aid delivery in South-East Asia


Through a number of regional aid investments implemented over many years, Australia has supported the ASEAN and Mekong region to reduce the impact of emerging public and animal health threats with the potential to affect regional and global health, as well as economic growth and stability. While our regional aid partnerships are now focused on the two objectives of the Southeast Asia Regional Economic Growth and Human Security Aid Investment Plan (AIP).

Australia will continue to make use of a range of other mechanisms to address regional health threats and build the capacity of the region's health systems to provide a response.

Related initiatives

Stop Transboundary Animal Disease and Zoonoses (STANDZ)

$12.8 million, 2011-2017

Through the Stop Transboundary Animal Disease and Zoonoses (STANDZ) program, Australia supports the work of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in 11 countries in Southeast Asia, and China. This includes work to improve the performance of veterinary services in Southeast Asia in the prevention, control and eradication of emerging infectious diseases and transboundary animal diseases, including Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD). FMD is a regional transboundary challenge that derails sustainable rural development, agricultural productivity, and food security. FMD containment measures restrict trade and deny traders access to higher value domestic or export markets.

The program is working to strengthen animal health systems based on OIE's international standards so that countries are able to prevent and contain transboundary animal disease outbreaks and are better prepared to respond to a potential human pandemic from animal-borne emerging infectious diseases (known as zoonoses).

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
Pandemics and Emerging Infectious Diseases Framework 2010-2015 2010 Project framework
Realised and Potential Economic Benefits of the Southeast Asia Foot and Mouth Disease Campaign 2010 Independent study
World Organisation for Animal Health Fifth Strategic Plan: 2011-2015 2010 Strategic plan
STANDZ Monitoring and Evaluation Framework 2012-2016 2012 Evaluation framework
SEACFMD 2020: A Roadmap to Prevent, Control and Eradicate Foot and Mouth Disease in South East Asia and China 2012 Delivery strategy
STANDZ second annual initiative report 2012 Progress document
STANDZ third annual initiative report 2013 Progress report
STANDZ independent mid-term review and management response 2014 Evaluation and management response

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Emerging Disease Risk Reduction

$5.9 million, 2011-2019

Australia, through a delegated cooperation arrangement with USAID, is contributing funds to support community-based emerging infectious disease risk reduction projects in the Mekong, including in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.

The PREVENT activity (2012-15) contributed to building local capacities to reduce risks of disease transmission from dangerous pathogens from animals to humans. PREVENT was one of five projects under USAID's global Emerging Pandemic Threats Program which covered Africa, South Asia, South America, the Mekong, and parts of Southeast Asia. PREVENT targeted groups within communities with the highest risk of being infected with emerging diseases from wildlife, for example, farmers and market traders.

The HPAI-LAMP activity (2016-19) is designed to strengthen Emergency Preparedness for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza - Live Animal Marketing and Production (HPAI-LAMP) practices. HPAI-LAMP supports target countries' preparedness to prevent and control the emergence and spread of zoonotic influenza and other zoonotic emerging infectious diseases at the national and regional level. The activity contributes to strengthened multi-sectoral coordination for effective management and control of HPAI; regional epidemiology capacities and networks; and evidence-based risk management along the livestock production and market chain.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
Memorandum of collaboration between Australia and USAID in support of PREVENT community-based emerging infectious disease risk reduction in the Mekong 2012 Agreement
Quality at entry report on the PREVENT Community-based Emerging Infectious Disease Risk Reduction Project in the Mekong 2012 Quality at entry report
Desk review on exposure of humans to wildlife and the risk of spread of zoonotic diseases with pandemic potential in Laos 2012 Review report
PREVENT quarterly report January to March 2013 2013 Progress report
PREVENT annual report 2013 Annual report
PREVENT semi-annual report 2014 Progress report
PREVENT quarterly report January to March 2014 2014 Progress report

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* The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is committed to high standards of transparency and accountability in the management of the Australian aid program through publishing information on our website, including policies, plans, results, evaluations and research. Our practice is to publish documents after the partner government and any other partners directly involved in the delivery of the initiative have been consulted. Not all material published on this site is created by the Australian aid program and therefore not all documents reflect our views. In limited circumstances some information may be withheld for reasons including privacy and commercial sensitivity.

Last Updated: 9 May 2017
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