Prime Minister O’Neill joins dual launch celebration.
Port Moresby, 12th August 2015 – In a landmark step to help accelerate the global eradication of polio and protect its children against measles and rubella, Papua New Guinea today introduced the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) into its routine immunisation programme and launched a nationwide measles-rubella vaccine (MR) campaign.
The following syndromes have been flagged:
- Influenza-like illness: Nauru, New Zealand
- Cook Islands have reported a total of 763 cases since October 2014, including 5 new cases in the week ending on 2 August 2015.
Outbreaks are occurring in American Samoa (dengue serotype-3) and Samoa (dengue serotype-3).
Children on Manam Island in Papua New Guinea are falling sick from contaminated water amid a delay in relief following a volcanic eruption. The volcano which dominates the island erupted two weeks ago but the island's residents are yet to receive any aid.
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By Papua New Guinea correspondent Liam Cochrane
Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court has declared a human rights inquiry into the Australian-run detention centre on Manus Island to be null and void, because of perceived bias.
A three-person bench of the court unanimously decided the judge who started the inquiry was wrong to preside over proceedings and failed to disclose that an expert witness was a friend, according to local media reports.
The National Disaster Office in Papua New Guinea is sending an assessment team to the area affected by the Manam volcanic eruption because they say they have been kept in the dark by local authorities.
Authorities in Papua New Guinea's Madang province say there is no money to purchase relief supplies for the more than 4000 people affected by a volcanic eruption on Manam island.
This issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor updates the 2015 and 2016 GDP growth and inflation projections for ADB's Pacific developing member countries. The policy briefs included in this issue focus on disasters in the Pacific.
Highlights from this issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor include the following:
By Paul Dillon
A year-long media investigation into the brutal treatment of men trafficked into virtual slavery aboard foreign fishing vessels operating in Indonesia generated stark international headlines:
Heavy rains during the last two weeks have caused floods and landslides in several parts of the country. On 31 Jul, the President’s Office announced natural disaster zones in Chin State, Sagaing Region, Magway Region and Rakhine State. As of 2 Aug, the Government has reported over 200,000 people affected and 36 people killed. This figure is likely to rise as more information becomes available.
The Government is leading the response providing food, water, medicines, shelter, non-food items, cash and other relief items.
There are reports children have been injured, and homes and crops destroyed, following a volcanic eruption in Papua New Guinea's Madang province.
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Asylum seekers who have had their claims and appeals rejected on Manus Island have been told to prepare for deportation.
Anyone found to be stateless will remain at the Australian-funded detention centre or be transferred to "any location, including correctional institutions".
In documents obtained by the ABC, Papua New Guinea Immigration told the so-called "double negatives" they have no option of remaining in PNG and will never go to Australia.
Papua New Guinea - Authorities in Papua New Guinea (PNG) are conducting a search and rescue operation in Western Province waters after an IOM assessment found a group of mariners from a trawler at risk of being trafficked.
On Monday, PNG immigration officials boarded a vessel in response to an Associated Press (AP) report claiming fishing vessels linked to a high profile human trafficking case in neighboring Indonesia in March were operating in remote PNG fishing ground known as “the dog leg.”
Exclusive by Papua New Guinea correspondent Liam Cochrane and Wesley Manuai
Police in PNG threaten to arrest all managers at the Manus Island detention centre if Australian men accused of attempted rape are not flown back to the country.
Police in Papua New Guinea have threatened to arrest all managers at the Manus Island detention centre if three Australian men accused of attempted rape are not flown back to PNG.
The three men and a Papua New Guinean woman were reportedly found naked, intoxicated and sniffing an unidentified substance in mid-July.
By Navinesh Kumar, IFRC
Four months after tropical cyclone Pam swept through the Pacific, the Papua New Guinea Red Cross continues to assist communities affected by the storm.
Lydia Ruru, 26, a mother of an 11-month old baby, is from the Province of Western New Britain in the District of Hoskins. Lydia is a volunteer with the Red Cross recovery teams who are working with local communities to understand how families are rebuilding their lives after the disaster and to assess what additional support may be needed in the coming weeks and months.
24 July 2015: The First Pacific Ministerial Meeting on Meteorology held here in Nuku’alofa today has adopted 25 points they believe will ensure that National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) have the necessary capacity to support sustainable development in the region.
Nine people are missing, six of whom are children and one person is dead as poor weather continues to hit Papua New Guinea.
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Climatologists now agree that the world is facing an unfolding El Niño event. The European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting says that more than half of all climate models are now predicting an El Niño stronger than 1997/8.
Rainfall & El Niño
Less rain in south western Pacic, plunging some countries into drought. More rain in equatorial countries from June -August 2015. If the El Niño is very severe, rainfall may drop steeply from September onwards
Papua New Guinea - The consequences of climate change are becoming increasingly evident in the Pacific Region and especially in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Migration caused by changes in the environment is prevalent, but often overlooked. Climate driven migration and resettlement are also emerging as catalysts of tension and conflict with host communities.