A $3 million crowdfunding campaign is being planned for the summit, with the intention of raising $3.8 million to fund research into Zika, malaria and other infectious diseases.
The project is being run by the Australian Institute of Tropical Medicine and Tropical Medicine Research (ATSOMR) and the World Health Organization (WHO), the APT Global Health Initiative, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the National Health and Medical Research Council, and the Australian Research Council.
It’s part of the initiative that’s been set up to help fund research and support communities affected by the virus, including a community-based malaria project in the Western Highlands region of Tasmania, where a community of 2,000 is at risk of contracting the virus.
“I think the fact that this is being funded by the Commonwealth Science and Technology Facility, which is a Commonwealth agency, is fantastic,” CSIRO’s Dr Michael Jones told ABC News Breakfast.
“The fact that the funding will be allocated in that manner is really, really exciting.”
The Summit will take place in Darwin on February 26, 2019.
It will be hosted by the University of Tasmania and the CSIRO.
“We are absolutely delighted to have the Commonwealth support this important initiative, and look forward to a vibrant and exciting conference,” CSIS Director of Strategic Communications James McManus said.
“This will provide the public with access to the latest information on the virus and its effects on the region and the world, which will provide vital information to the community and the health professionals in the community.”