A healthy and educated population is critical to economic growth and poverty reduction. Australia is assisting Nauru deliver better health and education services by focusing on training, community awareness and improved access. In the health sector, we have supported the Government of Nauru to address non-communicable diseases such as obesity, diabetes and cardio-vascular disease. In the education sector, our program has a strong focus on improving literacy and numeracy outcomes, technical and vocational skills development and tertiary scholarships with the aim of expanding employment opportunities for the Nauruan population both domestically and throughout the Pacific region.
Nauru Improved Health
Up to $0.90 million, 2018-2019
The Nauru Improved Health initiative supports Nauru's Health Sector Strategy to deliver improvements in health outcomes. In 2018, this includes funding for a hospital operations manager within the Ministry of Health and Medical Services. Australia is currently undertaking an independent evaluation of its health sector support to Nauru, which will make recommendations for a refocused and improved investment over the period 2018-2020.
Nauru Health Support Program (new initiative)
Up to $1.3 million, 2018-2019
The Nauru Health Support Program will strengthen Nauru’s health system and scale-up primary health care relating to non-communicable diseases. This will involve facilitating access to necessary drugs and equipment, information and skilled human resources and augmenting Nauru’s health management capacity. The Program will builds on Australia’s comparative advantage in health policy development, planning, and systems strengthening. Funding of $1.4 million to the World Health Organisation for one component - delivering a campaign on non-communicable diseases, was announced by the Assistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Anne Ruston, on 5 September 2018 at the Pacific Islands Forum.
Nauru Improved Education
Up to $1.7 million, 2018-2019
The Nauru Improved Education initiative supports Nauru's Education Sector Strategy to deliver education pathways and skills suited to local and regional markets. It focuses on improving the number and quality of teaching staff; increasing the enrolment and retention rates of students; and improving access to relevant high quality tertiary, technical and vocational education services in Nauru and across the region. The overarching goal is to provide better opportunities for Nauruans through building skills that are relevant to both the local and international employment markets.
Australia is providing funds to employ additional teachers and upgrade existing qualifications. A new campus for the University of the South Pacific in Nauru was opened in May 2018 within the ‘Learning Village’, along with a national library and teaching rooms for other technical and vocational learning.