AUSTRALIA TO GIVE SOLOMONS US$5 MILLION FOR HEALTH

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Radio New Zealand International, Dec. 20) -Australia is to provide more than US$5 million in aid this year to the Solomon Islands to help improve health services.

The funding is in addition to just over US$4.5 million provided earlier to the cash-strapped nation.

Parliamentary secretary for foreign affairs Chris Gallus said much of the earlier funding had gone towards helping provide medical supplies and the maintenance of critical health facilities and equipment.

Gallus said that, along with law and order and economic governance, services delivery, in particular in the health sector, was one of the highest priority sectors for Australia’s development cooperation program with the Solomons.

December 20, 2002

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