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07 Jan 2020 description

Event highlights

• The measles outbreaks in the four Pacific Island and Territories (PICs) continues, but with fewer cases reported in the last week.

• A low level of transmission continues in American Samoa, Fiji, Samoa and Tonga, but the overall situation has stabilised.

• No further measles cases have been reported from Kiribati, while monitoring and surveillance is continuing

31 Dec 2019 description

Event highlights

• As of 30 December, four Pacific Islands Countries and Areas (PICs) have announced measles outbreaks: American Samoa, Fiji, Samoa and Tonga. The number of cases is decreasing in Samoa, and the situation has stabilised in American Samoa, Fiji, and Tonga.

• Kiribati has two laboratory confirmed cases of measles, no epidemiological link has been identified during investigation.

• A suspected measles case in Niue has been found to be laboratory negative; i.e. no case of measles.

24 Dec 2019 description

Event highlights

• Measles outbreaks are ongoing in four Pacific Islands Countries and areas (PICs; Samoa, Tonga, Fiji,
American Samoa), which are diverse in scale and stage of the outbreak, as well as the country context.

• A laboratory conformed case has also been reported from Kiribati while one case is being investigated Niue.

20 Dec 2019 description

4 December 2019 – The decision to repeal Australia’s ‘Medevac’ legislation endangers patients in need and ignores the ethical framework of the entire medical profession, said international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) today.

The Medevac referral process provided for in the Migration Amendment (Medical Transfers) legislation had been one of the most effective pathways for patients held under offshore processing to access the care they need in Australia.

19 Dec 2019 description

[Situation update]


  • A total 5,331 cases, including 75 deaths, have been reported since the beginning of the outbreak, including 638 in the last week. As of 14 Dec 2019, there were 150 measles cases admitted in six hospitals (nil remaining in Lalomanu and Faleolo hospitals on Upolu and Sataua hospital in Savai’i.

16 Dec 2019 description

Ministers from 69 states will be present but Australian Government ministers noticeably absent when the world gathers in Geneva this week for the largest-ever forum on the global response to refugees.

The Global Refugee Forum, to be held on Tuesday and Wednesday (17-18 December) at the United Nations in Geneva, will bring together around 2000 leaders of government, business, NGOs and refugee networks, to discuss concrete ways of implementing the Global Compact on Refugees over the next four years.

05 Dec 2019 description

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is disappointed by the repeal of the Medevac legislation in the Australian Parliament on Wednesday, which may negatively impact vial care for asylum seekers in offshore processing facilities.

Since its commencement earlier this year, the medevac mechanism had proven to be a timely, effective and often life-saving evacuations for seriously ill asylum seekers at facilities at Manus Island in Papua New Guinea and Nauru.

04 Dec 2019 description

Benjamin Robinson-Drawbridge, RNZ Pacific Journalist

The Australian Senate has passed the government's so called medevac repeal bill, 37 votes to 35.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

04 Dec 2019 description

Today’s repealing of the Medevac legislation will prolong the pain of refugees who have been suffering at the hands of the Australian Government for more than six years, the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) says.

RCOA CEO Paul Power said the Senate vote removes legislation designed to end political and bureaucratic interference in decisions about how best to treat the medical needs of the refugees and people seeking asylum held by Australia in Papua New Guinea and Nauru.

28 Nov 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund

Delivers 115,500 doses of measles vaccines to worst-affected Samoa

SUVA, 28 November 2019: UNICEF is supporting the Governments of Samoa, Fiji and the Kingdom of Tonga to respond to the current measles outbreak in the Pacific region. As of 28 November, almost 300,000 vaccines and medical supplies have been delivered to reach those populations most at-risk in Samoa, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, Nauru, Niue, Tokelau and Tuvalu.

27 Nov 2019 description

At least 20 refugees approved for medical transfer to Australia have been stopped from travelling by Nauru.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

26 Nov 2019 description

Sick refugees detained by Australia on Nauru have been refusing medical transfers to Taiwan.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

19 Nov 2019 description
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Ending Violence Against Women and Girls: Evaluating a decade of Australia’s development assistance
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Literature Review: Ending Violence Against Women and Girls
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Policy Analysis: Australia's Commitments to Ending Violence Against Women and Girls
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Ethical Considerations for Research and Evaluation on Ending Violence Against Women and Girls

Violence against women and girls is a fundamental violation of human rights. Violence endangers the lives of women and girls and restricts their participation in economic and social life. The Australian Government is committed to ending violence against women and girls (EVAWG) in Australia and overseas. Australian aid investments are supporting countries in the Indo-Pacific to address gender-based violence as a human rights and gender equality imperative while improving services and access to justice for survivors.

08 Nov 2019 description

The Fifth Pacific Islands Climate Outlook Forum (PICOF-5) recently issued the Regional Statement on the Climate of 2018/19 and Climate, Ocean and Tropical Cyclone Outlook for October to December 2019.

06 Nov 2019 description

Associate Professor Savitri Taylor and Dr Joyce Chia

Executive Summary

How can we keep the executive accountable? This is the great democratic question of our times. It is a question with special force when it comes to the protection of minorities in an age where populism is increasingly conflated with a virulent brand of nationalism.

25 Oct 2019 description

By Benjamin Robinson-Drawbridge

The rate of self-harm by asylum seekers held in Nauru is more than 200 times higher than the rate among refugees detained in the Australian community, a new study shows.

Read more on Radio New Zealand National

26 Sep 2019 description
report Government of India

The India-Pacific Islands Developing States (PSIDS) Leaders’ Meeting was held on 24th September 2019 in New York on the sidelines of the 74th UNGA. The meeting was attended by the Heads of delegation of Fiji, Republic of Kiribati, Republic of Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Nauru, Republic of Palau, Independent State of Papua New Guinea, The Independent State of Samoa, Solomon Islands, Kingdom of Tonga, Tuvalu and Republic of Vanuatu.

12 Sep 2019 description

The Medical Evacuation Response Group (MERG) has responded to the Independent Health Advice Panel (IHAP) Report tabled in Parliament, stating the report shows that in the majority of cases, the Minister himself agrees that transfer to Australia is medically necessary.  

The IHAP reported that only 15 cases needed review by the panel from April – June 2019. IHAP only provides its assessment where the Minister refuses an initial transfer recommendation made by 2 independent Australian treating doctors. 

09 Sep 2019 description

by Anna Maria Link

As the debate over climate-related security risks grows, many Pacific Island states are calling for more action by the international community to better address the links between climate change and global security. Baron Waqa, who was President of Nauru at the time of this interview, highlighted some of these calls while speaking to Anna Maria Link of Adelphi in April; he also outlined the challenges in getting the climate-security issue on the United Nations agenda.