Development assistance in Fiji
Pillar 1 – health security in Fiji
Australia remains Fiji's primary partner in the health sector. Our support is aligned with the priorities of Fiji's Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MoHMS). We work closely with MoHMS on all key decisions related to our health sector support. We also support Fiji's health security through our disaster response programs, partnership with the World Health Organisation, Pacific Regional Health Program, antimicrobial research and support for COVID-19 vaccine access.
- Australia's support to Fiji's health sector
- Preparedness and Response Fund
- Fiji Program Support Facility
- Australian support for COVID-19 Vaccine Access
- Supporting programs
Up to $25 million, 2017-2022
Australia's health program is strongly aligned with Fiji's Ministry of Health and Medical Services Strategic Plan. The strategic focus areas are intended to enhance curative and preventive health services in partnership with the Ministry of Health through quality investments. The program works at three levels of the health system: national systems, health providers, and communities.
Key regional Pacific objectives include:
Pacific Regional—Healthy communities can provided more information on DFAT's Pacific Regional health programs.
Preparedness and Response Fund
Up to $3.5 million, 2017-2022
Australia invests in resilience building, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and disaster risk reduction (DRR) in Fiji across all programs. The Fiji Program Support Facility administers a Preparedness and Response Fund (PRF) to manage disaster response and preparedness activities, supporting Fiji government and civil society organisations.
Fiji Program Support Facility
Up to $84 million, 2016-22
The Fiji Program Support Facility (the Facility) was established in 2017 to support Australia's delivery of education, health, governance and scholarship programs in Fiji, as well as the scholarships and education programs in Tuvalu. Over the past two years, working in close partnership with the Governments of Fiji and Tuvalu, the Facility has implemented almost half of the Australian Government's bilateral aid program to Fiji and Tuvalu. The Facility integrates civil society engagement, gender equality, disability inclusion, emergency preparedness and response, and climate change across the programs it implements.
The Facility offers greater efficiencies, promotes coherence across programs and provides an overarching structure through which the Government of Australia can coordinate its development relationship with the governments of Fiji and Tuvalu. Alongside this, accelerated lesson learning and application of cross cutting themes drives greater development impact and effectiveness, which provides better value for money and opportunity for the people of Fiji.
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Australian support for COVID-19 Vaccine Access
The Australian Government is committed to supporting access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines for the Pacific and Southeast Asia, as part of a shared recovery for our region from the pandemic. This will also contribute to Australia's own health security and economic recovery.
Through a regional vaccine access and health security initiative, the Australian Government will provide a range of support including supplying safe and effective vaccine doses and delivering technical support to Fiji. Australia will assist with the assessment of vaccine safety, efficacy, and quality by national regulatory authorities, informed by WHO advice.
Australia will provide $16.8 million to Fiji over the period 2020 to 2023 through our regional COVID‑19 vaccine access initiative. Our assistance will support Fiji to prepare for a mass COVID-19 vaccine campaign and assist with the procurement and delivery of doses once a suitable vaccine is available.
As well as our Fiji specific programs, Australia will support health security priorities through the following regional, global and international initiatives, all of which operate in Fiji.
- The Australian Red Cross Partnership and Australia Humanitarian Partnership (AHP)
- Support for World Health Organisation Western Pacific Regional Office
- The Australian NGO Cooperation Program
- ACIAR health systems strengthening antimicrobial research