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Development assistance in the Philippines

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Pillar 1 – Health Security in the Philippines

Australia is working with local humanitarian and multilateral partners to deliver much-needed assistance to the Philippine health system. This has included increasing the capacity of COVID-19 testing through new laboratories, sourcing one million masks, providing personal protective equipment benefiting 38,200 health workers, establishing triage facilities for pregnant women, and sourcing a specialised ambulance.

Australia is supporting equitable access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines in the Philippines through multilateral and regional initiatives, in close cooperation with the Philippine Government, with a focus on the most vulnerable, including women, girls and at-risk groups. For more information visit the Vaccine Access and Health Security Initiative website.

Programs contributing to health security in the Philippines are:

Response and Recovery Assistance to the Philippines (RRAP)

$33.7 million (2017-24)

Response and Recovery Assistance to the Philippines (RRAP) is an investment that supports the Philippine Government in responding to humanitarian and early recovery needs of the most vulnerable people affected by disasters and conflict. RRAP:

  • provides appropriate and timely humanitarian and protection assistance to the most vulnerable people affected and displaced by disasters and emergencies
  • supports households to recover and participate in local economic activities.

Agreements are delivered through United Nations agencies, Red Cross and Red Crescent societies and non-government organisations.

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