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04 Jun 2017 description

Over 800 people evacuated from the volcanic island of Manam are facing food shortages on Papua New Guinea's mainland.

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04 Jun 2017 description

By Catherine Graue

There are growing calls in Papua New Guinea for officials to put the issue of tribal fighting on the agenda, amid warnings the humanitarian and economic costs are damaging the country's development potential.

Key points:

  • High-powered weapons are making the conflicts more dangerous, the International Committee of the Red Cross' head of mission in Papua New Guinea says

  • Traditional rules have eroded, and women and children are targeted, he says

04 Jun 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash:Kiribati, French Polynesia

  • Diarrhoea: French Polynesia

Other updates

Acute Fever and Rash:

02 Jun 2017 description

"The peacebuilding training is exactly what we needed."

Community leaders from across central and north Bougainville have spent much of the past month developing their peacebuilding skills, with training from the Nazareth Centre for Rehabilitation (NCFR), supported by Conciliation Resources.

01 Jun 2017 description

Port Moresby, May 30, 2017 - Key disaster risk management and Government stakeholders held a two day workshop this week to prepare for a potential El Nino event in August which could bring drier-than-normal conditions to Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Since March, several global and regional climate agencies have predicted a potential occurrence of El Niño in the second half of 2017. Based on these reports, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), has indicated a 50 per cent likelihood of a return to El Niño conditions by August 2017.

01 Jun 2017 description
report World Bank

World Bank announces new support to counter alarming growth of TB infections

WASHINGTON D.C., May 31, 2017 – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved today a credit of US$15 million (PGK48 million) to support on-going efforts in Papua New Guinea (PNG) to combat the country’s growing tuberculosis epidemic.

31 May 2017 description
report Insecurity Insight

This monthly digest comprises threats and incidents of violence affecting the delivery of humanitarian assistance. It is prepared by Insecurity Insight from information available in open sources.

Burkina Faso 15 May 2017: In Djahoye town, unidentified perpetrators launched an attack, killing the president of the Village Development Council, and seizing money, food and a motorcycle before fleeing. Source: China

29 May 2017 description

Refugees detained by Australia on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea are resisting pressure to move from the detention centre to an open facility in nearby Lorengau town.

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29 May 2017 description

Health centres are going without medicine, services have been cut, and infrastructure is going unbuilt as a lack of funds in Bougainville continues to bite.

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28 May 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash:American Samoa, Fiji, French Polynesia, Niue

  • Prolonged fever: Kiribati

Other updates


  • New Caledonia: As of 31 May 2017, there have been 3,933 cases since 1 September 2016. Dengue serotype 1, 2 and 3 are in circulation. There have been 10 deaths reported. The weekly number of cases is decreasing. Source: Department of Health & Social Affairs, New Caledonia


26 May 2017 description

by Reuters
Friday, 26 May 2017 07:02 GMT

Asylum-seekers must voluntarily exchange a secure facility for an area where critics say they are likely to face violence and inadequate medical care

By Colin Packham

SYDNEY, May 26 (Reuters) - Asylum seekers at an Australian-run offshore detention centre in Papua New Guinea must move to a community facility in order to be eligible for a refugee swap deal with the United States, a notice posted at the camp and seen by Reuters shows.

26 May 2017 description


A key challenge faced by humanitarian agencies is how to ensure that limited available resources are allocated where they are most needed and are efficiently delivered in a principled manner. Decisions to allocate resources must strike a balance between meeting the immediate needs of crisis affected communities and supporting efforts to strengthen resilience and response preparedness to future emergencies.

24 May 2017 description


New report shows only a small fraction of official development assistance goes toward ending violence against children For the first time, a review of official development assistance (ODA) to end violence against children has been done. The report Counting Pennies found that in 2015, total ODA spending was $174 billion and of that, less than 0.6 per cent was allocated to ending violence against children.

23 May 2017 description

Benjamin Robinson-Drawbridge, Reporter

Men detained by Australia on Manus Island say they requested asylum from New Zealand as it is not safe for them to settle in Papua New Guinea.

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23 May 2017 description

Update on the Dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere


As of 16 May 2017, a total of 302 suspected cases of dengue fever were reported in 2017. The total number of cases including dengue haemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome was lower than the 3 year-threshold of the same period from 2014-2016 (Figure 7).


22 May 2017 description

By political correspondent Louise Yaxley

Key points:

  • Immigration Department Secretary Mike Pezzullo says "quite a number of shots" were fired into the compound

  • An earlier statement originally said only one weapon was fired and no-one was injured

  • Mr Pezzullo stressed to Senate estimates that the original statement was based on the information available at the time

21 May 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Commonwealth of Northern Marianna Is (CNMI), Fiji, French Polynesia, Niue
  • Diarrhoea: CNMI, Niue

Other updates


16 May 2017 description

By Papua New Guinea correspondent Eric Tlozek

Asylum seekers on Manus Island have been told they must leave the Australian-funded detention centre so it can be closed.

Papua New Guinea immigration officials told the more than 800 men in the detention centre that demolition work would start soon on parts of the accommodation.

16 May 2017 description

At 31 March 2017, there were 1,328 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1,048 in immigration detention on the mainland and 280 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 544 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 24,063 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

15 May 2017 description

China (No update)
As of 31 March 2017, there were 67 cases of dengue reported in China in 2017. This number is slightly lower than that reported during the same period in 2016 (91 cases) (Figure 1).