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19 Dec 2014 description

More than 170 families in the villages of Piki, Lumbi and Tutam in Imbonggu district of the Southern Highlands province of Papua New Guinea (PNG) were provided with essential items distributed by the PNG Red Cross Society (PNGRCS) and the ICRC on 29 September.

Earlier, in July, 200 houses had allegedly been destroyed during a police raid, the affected families losing not only their homes and belongings, but also their basic livelihood items.

18 Dec 2014 description

PORT MORESBY, 18 DECEMBER 2014 - Papua New Guinea has the highest HIV prevalence in the Pacific region, estimated at 0.8% in 2012. The nation is grappling with an HIV epidemic that is concentrated in marginalized and criminalized key populations including female sex workers and men who have sex with men (MSM).

Stigma associated with HIV and advice from influential churches for people to rely on prayer rather than antiretroviral treatment (ART) to heal themselves further complicate the situation.

Understanding the epidemic

11 Dec 2014 description

As of November 2014, at least 22,500 people were displaced in Papua New Guinea (PNG) as a result of conflict or natural hazard-related disasters. Two thirds of internally displaced people (IDPs) have been displaced by natural hazards, the remainder by conflict. In many areas, natural disasters, conflict, violence and development projects often coincide to create an environment conducive to displacement.

11 Dec 2014 description

Evacuated from their island in 2004 by a volcanic eruption, some 15,000 Manam islanders have been living in camps since then. After ten years in displacement, the government needs to provide them with durable solutions.

08 Dec 2014 description
report Roll Back Malaria

RBM Partners Launch Report Highlighting Progress toward Malaria Elimination in the Asia-Pacific

8 December 2014: - A new report highlighting the approach, goals and achievements of the Asia-Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN) was launched the past week during the 27th Board Meeting of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership in Bangkok, Thailand.

08 Dec 2014 description

PHILIPPINES

Tropical Cyclone Hagupit (Ruby) has weakened while traversing the Sibuyan Sea and is currently classified as a Tropical Storm.

07 Dec 2014 description

12/7/2014 - 03:10 GMT

A 6.8-magnitude quake struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea Sunday, US seismologists said, but no destructive tsunami was expected.

The quake hit at a depth of 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) about 116 kilometres from the nearest city of Panguna on Bougainville Island, at 11.22am local time (0122 GMT), the United States Geological Survey said.

There were two aftershocks in the Bougainville region measuring 5.2 and 5.0 magnitude respectively.

03 Dec 2014 description

A police and military operation to try and stop tribal fighting in Papua New Guinea's Hela Province will end tomorrow because of a lack of funding.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

03 Dec 2014 description

Tinputz, Bougainville, Provincial Government of Tinputz district and development partners finalized the first District Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Plan.pdf) for the district.

This model Tinputz District DRM Plan has been jointly drafted by the district level agencies and development partners with technical assistance from Disaster Risk Management Office of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville and UNDP.

03 Dec 2014 description

1. INTRODUCTION

1.1 Background

At the request of the Director of the National Disaster Centre (NDC) and the United Nations Resident Coordinator (RC) as the Co-chairs of the Disaster Management Team (DMT), the OCHA Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) led the facilitation of an inter-agency simulation exercise in Papua New Guinea (PNG) on 25 and 26 September 2014.

02 Dec 2014 description

Joint media release:

Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP
Minister for Health, the Hon Peter Dutton MP

1 December 2014

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, and the Minister for Health, Peter Dutton, will commemorate World AIDS Day at Parliament House today with community leaders, researchers, business representatives and politicians.

25 Nov 2014 description

Today I met with United Nations Development Program Administrator Helen Clark to discuss how Australia and the UNDP can further collaborate to reduce poverty, empower women and build stronger democratic institutions.

We also discussed the humanitarian toll being exacted by ISIL, the civil war in Syria and Iraq and what more the international community can do to assist, and the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Australia will provide more than $21 million to the UNDP this year to support its vital work around the world.

24 Nov 2014 description

More than 100 security personnel in Papua New Guinea have been deployed to Hela Province in an effort to stop tribal fighting that has plagued the area.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

21 Nov 2014 description

The global breeding programme for taro (Colocasia esculenta) and cocoyam (Xanthosoma sagittifolium) is gathering pace. The International Network for Edible Aroids (INEA) is part of the five-year project Adapting clonally propagated crops to climatic and commercial changes funded by the European Union (EU).

17 Nov 2014 description

The tuberculosis (TB) prevalence in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is among the highest in the world, prompting Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to launch a response to reach the most-affected communities.

Assessing the Needs

After analyzing where the greatest needs are, MSF decided to focus on the Gulf Province. This region, which includes many remote communities with limited access to health care, is estimated to have very high rates of TB and possibly a worrisome rise in drug-resistant TB.

10 Nov 2014 description

SRI LANKA

As of 5 Nov 2014, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) reported that search and rescue teams have recovered 10 bodies at the Koslanda tea plantation in Badulla estate. The DMC reported 1,875 people affected, five people injured and 28 people still missing.

05 Nov 2014 description

By Papua New Guinea correspondent Liam Cochrane

Papua New Guinea will start making final decisions on the refugee status of asylum seekers detained on Manus Island and prepare them for resettlement in PNG.

PNG's cabinet yesterday asked immigration minister Rimbink Pato to finalise refugee status determinations.

Those deemed refugees will be moved out of detention and given training and help in finding jobs in PNG.

05 Nov 2014 description

This report emerges from a high-level expert roundtable on refugees and asylum seekers that was held at Parliament House, Canberra, on 11 July 2014 under the auspices of Australia21, the Centre for Policy Development and the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW. These organisations have a shared interest in Australian policy on this issue. In early 2014, a steering group from the three organisations commissioned a discussion paper entitled Beyond Operation Sovereign Borders: A Long-Term Asylum Policy for Australia.