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Australia continues to deliver relief supplies

Australia continues to deliver relief supplies
Australia continues to deliver relief supplies
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Australia continues to respond to the Government of Vanuatu’s request for assistance to support Tropical Cyclone Harold relief efforts.
On 21 April a Royal Australian Air Force C-17 Globemaster aircraft delivered urgent medical supplies, shelter, hygiene and kitchen kits, water containers and generators. This is the second delivery of humanitarian relief supplies from Australia.
In addition to Australian funded supplies, the C-17 also carried vital humanitarian supplies from the Government of the United Kingdom as well as Oxfam, Australian Red Cross, Care International, UNICEF and World Vision.
“To respond to Vanuatu’s request for assistance, Australia is working with a range of partners to deliver humanitarian support to those most in need” said Australia’s High Commissioner to Vanuatu H.E Sarah deZoeten.
The delivery of relief supplies is part of Australia’s 310 million vatu (AU$4 million) package of immediate relief to Vanuatu which includes funding to support the Government of Vanuatu’s response in health, education and policing; support for logistics; and assistance to international and local NGOs to support Vanuatu’s efforts to provide assistance.
Australia complied with strict COVID-19 protocols in today’s delivery of supplies. Australian Defence Force personnel adopted additional measures including wearing Personal Protective Equipment, providing medical clearances, disinfecting equipment and supplies, and practicing physical distancing.
“Australia will always be there for Vanuatu – our friend and neighbour – especially in times of crisis,” said H.E Sarah deZoeten.