THE Australian government will give more than $14 million to the Solomon Islands to help eradicate malaria in the tiny Pacific Islands nation.
Foreign Minister Bob Carr, speaking from a hospital in the Solomon Islands on Saturday, said the federal government would give $14.75 million to fund further anti-malaria measures and community education about the disease.
He said Australian assistance had already prevented 77,000 cases of malaria since 2003, and the government would work towards eliminating malaria in Solomon Islands communities.
"We're delivering practical measures to fight this preventable, yet potentially fatal disease," Senator Carr said in a statement.
The new funding "would cover treated mosquito nets for beds, spraying programs and community education, particularly for children and pregnant women", he said.