QUESTION NUMBER 7 - SENATE FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE LEGISLATION COMMITTEE ADDITIONAL ESTIMATES HEARING FEBRUARY 2011
Senator Hanson-Young asked AusAID in writing on 13 February 2011:
What immediate assistance is AusAID providing to strengthen health systems at the community level and ensure that health services are reaching disadvantaged and remote communities to save lives immediately?
AusAID is providing community level care through a variety of approaches. For example:
• Australian support in Nepal (as detailed in response to Question 19), is largely pooled with other donors and channelled through government's own systems, with World Bank having oversight. This finances the Government of Nepal to support community health services and programs in rural areas, including implementing a large community-based network of female community health volunteers. These volunteers receive training and contribute to a variety of key public health programs, including family planning, maternal care, child health care, vitamin A supplementation/de-worming, and immunisation coverage. This community-based approach has helped Nepal to make progress and it is now on track to meet Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5;
• In East Timor, Australian support is helping the Ministry of Health to implement community health outreach programs. Mobile clinics provide services on a monthly basis to hard to reach areas. Clinics provide health services including pre- and post-pregnancy care for women and babies, support for family planning, treatment and prevention of common diseases and infections, and information on hygiene and nutrition.