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04 Jan 2017 description

Update on the Dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

China

As of 31 December 2016, there were 2098 cases of dengue reported in China in 2016. This number is lower than that reported during the same period in 2015.

Malaysia

03 Jan 2017 description
report Guardian

The two men were reportedly confronted by PNG immigration on New Year’s Eve and told they were not allowed to be outside detention centre

By Ben Doherty

Two Iranian refugees on Manus Island have been released from police detention more than 36 hours after being reportedly assaulted by police and immigration officials on New Year’s Eve.

Read more on the Guardian

03 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

East Asia and the Pacific region remains extremely prone to natural hazards, with significant human casualties and economic losses – more than 40 million people were affected by disasters in 2015. Children are among the most vulnerable to natural hazards, and suffer short-term and long-lasting negative impacts on health, nutrition, protection and education. Population growth, rapid urbanization and climate change continue to exacerbate the impact of disasters, which are expected to occur more frequently and with greater intensely, and to impact larger populations in the coming years.

30 Dec 2016 description

Over 200 refugees on the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea have a signed a letter calling for the investigation of International Health and Medical Services after a Sudanese refugee died.

Faysal Ishak Ahmed was evacuated to Australia from Manus last week after collapsing at the Australian-run detention camp but died in a Brisbane hospital on Christmas Eve.

The Australian based Refugee Action Coalition's Ian Rintoul said Mr Ahmed's ill health was well documented but he was denied proper medical care.

29 Dec 2016 description

KEY UPDATES

  • Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:
    None

  • Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:
    None

  • Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) cases associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:
    Saint Martin

29 Dec 2016 description

The Australian based Refugee Action Coalition says a Sudanese refugee who died in an Australian hospital should never have been kept at the Manus Island detention centre in the first place.

Read the full story on Radio New Zealand

29 Dec 2016 description

Researchers have warned that villagers in Papua New Guinea could be facing future food shortages because of a dramatic increase in population.

PNG's population has more than doubled in the last 30 years, and it is affecting how the nation's subsistence farmers are using land.

Geographer Bryant Allen has been studying village food production in the foothills of the Torricelli Mountains — near PNG's northern coast — for almost 45 years.

His research has shown people are using more land and farming it more intensively.

25 Dec 2016 description

Total of 872 asylum seekers are held on Manus despite Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court ruling that their detention was illegal

By Harry Pearl

SYDNEY, Dec 25 (Reuters) - Asylum seekers held at a Papua New Guinea detention centre briefly took control of two compounds and expelled guards following the death of a refugee who fell ill at the centre, Papua New Guinea police said on Sunday.

Read the full article here

23 Dec 2016 description

KEY UPDATES

  • Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:

    • None
  • Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:

    • None
  • Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) cases associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:

21 Dec 2016 description

Every now and then, Mother Nature reminds us of her palpable force—the recent El Niño was one of those reminders. When this phenomenon hit the Highlands Region of Papua New Guinea (PNG), it unleashed an unsympathetic weather change, bringing droughts and frosts to the country. Many were unprepared to lose subsistence farming, the ‘backbone’ of New Guinean societies, as a major source of income. One can imagine the devastating impact this had on crop production and, in turn, on communities’ food security.

21 Dec 2016 description

By Katherine Gregory

A refugee in Nauru has told the ABC he has been unable to receive much-needed medical treatment on the island.

Key points:

  • Refugee named Yusuf who has been experiencing severe heart problems says he was told he'd go to PNG for treatment

  • Yusuf signed official paperwork and gave consent but was never transferred

  • The Australian Government defers responsibility to Nauruan Government

21 Dec 2016 description

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) launched in 2000 sought to halve by 2015 the proportion of the world’s population without sustainable access to improved water sources and sanitation facilities. By 2015, about 2.6 billion additional people had gained access to improved water sources since 1990, the baseline year for the MDGs, thus meeting the MDG target. However, 663 million people still do not have access to improved water sources.

20 Dec 2016 description
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19 Dec 2016 description

MYANMAR

Local humanitarian organizations estimate up to 15,000 people may have been displaced into China since 20 November, as a result of fighting between armed ethnic groups and the Myanmar Military. A further 2,400 people from northern Shan have been displaced within Myanmar. Needs in Myanmar are mostly being met by local community based organizations with some support from INGOs.

17 Dec 2016 description

Tsunami waves possible along some coasts of not only Papua New Guinea but also Indonesia, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu

  • Quake downgraded to magnitude 7.9 from 8

  • PTWC says tsunami threat has passed, cancels earlier alert

  • PNG hospital evacuated - nurse (Updates with local residents, tsunami threat passing)

By Jonathan Barrett and Harry Pearl