Australia prepositions supplies throughout the Indo-Pacific region to enable rapid response to meet the urgent needs of people following a disaster. For example, since 2016, Australia has committed over $5.2 million to UNFPA to preposition sexual and reproductive health, and gender based violence supplies in disaster-prone countries, including Fiji, PNG, Tonga, Vanuatu, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Bangladesh, Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Myanmar.
These supplies have benefited more than 85,000 people affected by 28 emergencies across the Asia-Pacific region. Supplies have assisted people affected by:
- Cyclone Fani in India (May 2019)
- Earthquakes, flooding and tsunamis in Indonesia (August 2018, October 2018, January, March and May 2019)
- Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines (September 2018)
- Flooding and conflict in Myanmar (August 2018, March and July 2019)
- flooding in Laos (July 2018)
- earthquakes in PNG (February 2018)
- Tropical Cyclone Gita in Tonga and Fiji (February 2018)
- volcano in Ambae, Vanuatu (October 2017 and June 2018)
Lifesaving items include clean delivery kits and equipment necessary for maternity and delivery facilities. Supplies also include basic hygiene items, such as soap and sanitary napkins, and items for protection including torches and whistles. These items help people to maintain a safe and dignified life during a crisis.
More information on the Regional Prepositioning Initiative
In addition, in 2017-18 Australia committed $16.7 million to UNFPA to respond to sexual and reproductive health and gender based violence needs of women and girls in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Dominica, Iraq, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and the Philippines.
Australia also provides critical sexual and reproductive health assistance through the Sexual and Reproductive Health Program in Crisis and Post Crisis Settings (SPRINT).