Australia says it will provide responsive support to the Solomon Islands Government through the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) to roll out a nationwide Measles and Rubella Supplementary Immunization Activity.

The COVID-19 pandemic has diverted health sector resources globally resulting in lower vaccination rates for measles and other infectious diseases.

Measles is highly contagious and a health risk for unvaccinated children, particularly now Solomon Islands’ international borders are open.

Measles vaccines are safe and effective, but reaching communities across the country is often challenging. Australia’s commitment of SBD$2.3 million will support each province from Temotu to Western to vaccinate against Measles and Rubella.

The Australian High Commission acknowledges MHMS’ leadership and the efforts of the Provincial Health Directors in identifying and responding to the measles threat.

This activity is part of the Australian and Solomon Islands health partnership through the AUD SBD$143 million Health Sector Support Program 2016-22.

Source: AHC Media