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16 Mar 2017 description

By Corinne Ambler, IFRC

Red Cross staff and volunteers are scaling up efforts to tackle outbreaks of dengue fever which have been confirmed in at least nine Pacific Island Nations. The Solomon Islands has experience the highest number of cases, with more than 10,000 suspected infections since a dengue outbreak was declared in October 2016.

15 Mar 2017 description

By political reporter Stephanie Anderson

The United States could resettle no-one from Australia's offshore immigration centres and still argue it has honoured its deal with the Turnbull Government, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

But DFAT maintains that it expects the United States will take in large numbers of refugees from Manus Island and Nauru, as part of the deal brokered in the closing weeks of the Obama administration.

06 Mar 2017 description

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme has launched its new Strategic Plan, which will provide guidance and direction for the Secretariat over the next ten years.

The new Strategic Plan was approved at the annual SPREP meeting held last year in Niue, and has now replaced the previous five year strategic plan.

03 Mar 2017 description

Les syndromes suivants ont été signalés :

Syndrome grippal : Niue, Îles Salomon

Autres relevés :

Dengue

On note une augmentation du nombre de cas de dengue signalés aux Fidji et aux Samoa américaines. Le sérotype DEN-2 a été identifié dans les deux pays.

Nauru a déclaré l’état d’épidémie le 25 février 2017.

· Vanuatu : l’épidémie de dengue (sérotype DENV-2) se poursuit, avec 1 831 cas recensés au 2 mars 2017, dont 45 hospitalisations (depuis novembre 2016). Source : ministère de la Santé de Vanuatu.

03 Mar 2017 description

By Liam Fox

A group of seven Pacific island nations is calling on the United Nations to investigate allegations of widespread human rights abuses in Indonesia's Papua region, also known as West Papua.

Vanuatu's Justice Minister Ronald Warsal made the request to a session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, and spoke on behalf of his own country as well as Tonga, Nauru, Palau, Tuvalu, the Marshall Islands and Solomon Islands.

02 Mar 2017 description

Australia has ratcheted up efforts to clear the Manus Island detention centre of people who have twice had their refugee claims rejected

By Colin Packham and Aaron Bunch

SYDNEY, March 2 (Reuters) - Dozens of asylum seekers held in a detention centre in Papua New Guinea have elected to accept cash from Australia to return to their home countries, officials and refugees said, the largest exodus from the South Pacific camp in four years.

Read the full report on Thomson Reuters Foundation

02 Mar 2017 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

· Influenza-like illness: Niue

Other updates:

Dengue

· There is an increase in the number of dengue cases reported in Fiji and American Samoa, dengue serotype-2 has been identified in both countries.

· Nauru declared an outbreak on 25 February 2017.

· Vanuatu: dengue serotype-2 outbreak ongoing with 1,831 cases as of 2 March 2017, including 45 hospitalisations (since Nov 2016). Source: Vanuatu MoH

01 Mar 2017 description

The World Health Organisation says the latest dengue outbreaks suggest it is spreading across the Pacific.

Read the full story on Radio New Zealand International

27 Feb 2017 description

By political reporters Stephanie Anderson and Julie Doyle

Key points:

  • Department told Senate Estimates Committee US officials yet to start vetting refugees
  • Australia and the US made the deal under the Obama administration
  • Immigration Department still confident refugees will be resettled in the coming months

The Immigration Department says United States officials have not started the vetting process for refugees currently held on Nauru and Manus Island.

24 Feb 2017 description

The Regional Technical Support Mechanism (RTSM) is proud to have played a pivotal role in the recently approved, GCF USD 23Million grant for the Climate Information Services for Resilient Development project.

23 Feb 2017 description

At 31 January 2017, there were 1351 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1082 in immigration detention on the mainland and 269 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 568 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 25,252 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.