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Pacific medical data project gets philanthropic funding boost

Staff Writer | July 19, 2017
A project to reduce preventable deaths in the Pacific by improving medical data has received a significant funding boost from a U.S. philanthropist.
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Pacific   $8.7 million has been donated
$8.7 million has been donated by Bloomberg Philanthropies, taking its total contribution to the Data for Health project to $18.8 million.

The project is jointly financed by the Australian government and is hosted by the University of Melbourne.

Since 2015, it has been working with governments from 20 low and middle-income countries worldwide.

This year in Solomon Islands, it released the first ever cause of death statistics, showing heart disease and strokes were the country's leading killers.

In Papua New Guinea, the project is integrating existing databases to create a baseline dataset to inform public health officials.

The project's team leader Alan Lopez said work in Solomon Islands included training doctors to determine causes of death and developing electronic systems to register them.