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26 Jul 2017 description

Update on the Dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere


As of 14 July 2017, a total of 1,056 suspected dengue fever cases were reported in 2017. The total number of reported dengue cases including dengue haemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome was lower than the 3 year-threshold of the same period from 2014-2016.


26 Jul 2017 description

Children in the electorate of Papua New Guinea's incumbent prime minister are too scared to turn up to school due to election-related violence.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

25 Jul 2017 description

The Australian Government’s lecturing of the world about how to stop the flow of refugees by boat is undermining its efforts to quietly find countries willing to join the United States in taking refugees from Australia’s offshore detention on Nauru and Manus Island, the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) says.

24 Jul 2017 description

Australia’s policy of offshore processing in Papua New Guinea and Nauru, which denies access to asylum in Australia for refugees arriving by sea without a valid visa, has caused extensive, avoidable suffering for far too long.

Four years on, more than 2,000 people are still languishing in unacceptable circumstances. Families have been separated and many have suffered physical and psychological harm.

21 Jul 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia

  • Influenza-like illness: Marshall Islands

Other updates


  • New Caledonia: As of 5 July 2017 there have been 4,467 cases since September 2016. Dengue serotype-1, 2 and have been identified in circulation . The weekly number of cases is decreasing. Source: Department of Health & Social Affairs, New Caledonia

Human infection with avian influenza A (H7N9)virus

20 Jul 2017 description
report Insecurity Insight

This overview document presents incidents affecting health workers, facilities and ambulances between January and June 2017. It includes incidents identified by Insecurity Insight's monitoring of open sources. The actual number of incidents affecting healthcare is undoubtedly higher.

20 Jul 2017 description

Port Moresby, July 17, 2017 – Five schools in tsunami-prone regions in Papua New Guinea (PNG) will benefit from a new tsunami preparedness project developed under the leadership of the National Disaster Centre (NDC).

Schools in the provinces and regions of Manus, East New Britain, East Sepik, Autonomous Region of Bougainville, and Milne Bay will be chosen, based on the high risk and exposure to tsunami hazards facing communities in those parts of the country

20 Jul 2017 description

Refugee Council of Australia CEO Paul Power has today asked Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to end the offshore detention regime now that the government has “made its point about boat arrivals clearly to the world”.

In a letter to Mr Turnbull on the fourth anniversary of Kevin Rudd’s establishment of the “regional resettlement arrangement” with Papua New Guinea, Mr Power highlights the growing level of concern and despair within Australia about the nation’s treatment of over 2000 people held indefinitely in PNG and Nauru, most of whom have been found to be refugees.

19 Jul 2017 description

A project to reduce preventable deaths in the Pacific by improving medical data has received a significant funding boost from a US philanthropist.

Read the full story on Radio New Zealand International.

17 Jul 2017 description

By Colin Packham and Yeganeh Torbati

SYDNEY/WASHINGTON, July 15 (Reuters) - U.S. officials interviewing refugees held in an Australian-run offshore detention centre left the facility abruptly, three detainees told Reuters on Saturday, throwing further doubt over a plan to resettle many of the detainees in America.

U.S. officials halted screening interviews and departed the Pacific island of Nauru on Friday, two weeks short of their scheduled timetable and a day after Washington said the United States had reached its annual refugee intake cap.

14 Jul 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Vanuatu 

Other updates


14 Jul 2017 description

By North America correspondent Stephanie March

Refugees in detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru could be delayed entry to the United States after the country hit its annual refugee intake cap yesterday.

The US is assessing many of the hundreds of refugees in those centres for resettlement as part of a deal struck last year with the Australian Government.

13 Jul 2017 description


in the month of June, the Pacific was in the spotlight at the highlevel UN Conference to Support the implementation of Sustainable development Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development), demonstrating global leadership on ocean issues with Fiji and Sweden serving as co-chairs of the meeting.

12 Jul 2017 description

Bangkok, Thailand – Six years on from the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Government of Japan has committed funding to UNDP to improve disaster risk information and carry out tsunami-awareness programmes in schools across the Asia-Pacific region. ­­­­

11 Jul 2017 description

Key points:

  • Remaining asylum seekers are afraid to move to the transit centre

  • Mr Udin says authorities have cut activities, classes and decreased their food

  • He says they are happy to go to the US, but have not been told any details of plans

By Papua New Guinea correspondent Eric Tlozek

06 Jul 2017 description

Canberra has not rejected outright New Zealand's offer to take refugees from Nauru and Manus Island, according to Australian's ambassador for people smuggling and human trafficking.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International