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30 Mar 2015 description
report UN News Service

30 March 2015 – The international community must gear up for a new era of “hydro-diplomacy” as the threat of water scarcity risks plunging the world into a period of geopolitical tension and stunted development, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told delegates gathered at the General Assembly today.

30 Mar 2015 description


As of 27 Mar, Tropical Cyclone Pam affected 166,000 people on 22 islands. 15,000 homes were destroyed leaving some 75,000 people in need of emergency shelter. Emergency food distributions are taking place across the affected islands, however long-term food assistance is urgently needed to avoid a secondary crisis. An appeal was launched requesting nearly US$30 million for emergency assistance.

166,000 people affected
15,000 homes destroyed


30 Mar 2015 description

About this report

This report provides an overview of the number of people in immigration detention and Offshore Processing Centres as at midnight on the date of the report. The report is produced on a monthly basis.

27 Mar 2015 description

By Madeline Wilson and Patrick Fuller

Two weeks have passed since Cyclone Pam and two other tropical storms struck the Pacific, bringing destructive winds, heavy rains and tidal surges which caused widespread devastation affecting well over 100,000 people in Vanuatu and four other Pacific nations – Tuvalu, Kiribati, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. In response, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched an appeal to help 81,000 people across the region.

27 Mar 2015 description

Veuillez trouver ci-joint le rapport de surveillance syndromique du Pacifique pour la semaine 12 qui s’est achevée le 22 mars 2015.

Les alertes suivantes ont été signalées:

  • Diarrhée: Polynésie française, Pitcairn ;

  • Syndrome grippal: Polynésie française, Pitcairn, Wallis & Futuna ;

  • Fièvre prolongée: Iles Salomon.

Autres mises à jour:

Cyclone tropical Pam

26 Mar 2015 description

Work is still being done on the National Refugee Resettlement Policy with experts in the area of social issues being consulted.

Papua New Guinea Foreign Affairs Minister Rimbink Pato says a report on this policy is expected soon and once the government is satisfied a decision will be made.

Close to 80 refugees are being held at the East Lorangau transit centre where they will undergo orientation programs.

These programmes include language, PNG culture, history, geography, food and others.

26 Mar 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Diarrhoea: French Polynesia, Pitcairn Islands

  • Influenza-like illness: French Polynesia, Pitcairn Islands, Wallis & Futuna

  • Prolonged Fever: Solomon Islands

Other updates:

Tropical Cyclone Pam

26 Mar 2015 description

Perishable food and relief supplies for flood-affected villagers of inland Gulf Province in Papua New Guinea are rotting away in a Central Province wharf, eight months after they were supposed to be delivered.

Read the full article on the Radio New Zealand International

26 Mar 2015 description

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, CMG MP, today ensured the people of Usino-Bundi that K1 million for relief for the flood-hit areas was already given to Madang Province including Usino-Bundi.

This funding was from the recently approved allocation of K10 million by the National Executive Council (NEC) for the areas devastated by the recent natural disasters nationwide.

PM O’Neill was in the Usino-Bundi District this morning to have a first-hand inspection of the devastation caused by the recent flooding in the area.

24 Mar 2015 description

World Tuberculosis Day reminds us all of the important work under way to eradicate this highly infectious and sometimes fatal disease, but also that more needs to be done to save lives across the Pacific and globally.

“We’ve achieved significant progress in the detection and treatment of tuberculosis cases in the Pacific region in recent years, but a renewed effort is essential to ‘reach, treat and cure everyone’,” according to a Tuberculosis Epidemiologist at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Jojo Merilles.

24 Mar 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

By Catherine Wilson

CANBERRA, Australia, Mar 23 2015 (IPS) - Rising multi-drug resistance in patients suffering from tuberculosis, a debilitating infectious lung disease which mainly impacts the developing world, has led to a public health emergency in the southwest Pacific Island state of Papua New Guinea, according to state officials.

23 Mar 2015 description


This International Appeal seeks a total of CHF 5,741,776 to enable the IFRC to support the coordinated response on a preliminary basis of the Vanuatu Red Cross Society (VRCS), Kiribati Red Cross Society (KRCS), Solomon Islands Red Cross Society (SIRCS), Tuvalu Red Cross Society (TRCS) and Papua New Guinea Red Cross Society (PNGRCS) to deliver emergency assistance and longer-term support to some 81,000 people (13,400 households) following Tropical Cyclone Pam (and other storms) for a period of 24 months.

20 Mar 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Despite tremendous global progress on drinking water, gains not trickling down to the most marginalized

NEW YORK, 20 March 2015 – Access to drinking water has been one of the biggest successes of the Millennium Development Goals, UNICEF said ahead of World Water Day, but for 748 million people around the world, just obtaining this essential service remains a challenge.

20 Mar 2015 description

Les alertes suivantes ont été signalées:

• Fièvre éruptive: Polynésie française

• Diarrhée: Tonga

• Syndrome grippal: Polynésie française, Nouvelle-Calédonie, Tonga, Tuvalu

• Fièvre prolongée: Tonga

Autres mises à jour:

Cyclone tropical Pam

20 Mar 2015 description

Medecins Sans Frontiers or Doctors Without Borders has begun working on countering the spread of tuberculosis in Papua New Guinea's Gulf Province and National Capital District.

Read the full article on the Radio New Zealand International

19 Mar 2015 description

By Online Editor 4:22 pm GMT+12, 17/03/2015, Papua New Guinea

National leaders from the Pacific region should establish an insurance cover against natural disasters as a relief for their countries, Opposition Leader Don Polye said Tuesday.

He made the remark in light of the devastation caused by tropical cyclone Pam in Vanuatu and effects of the wet season in some parts of PNG where infrastructure, homes and lives were destroyed.

Polye said the Pacific leaders should push for this agenda with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.