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23 May 2018 description
report Start Network

A global fund that provides rapid humanitarian aid for overlooked crises, is marking the second anniversary of the World Humanitarian Summit by sharing the impact of its 4th year, through its new annual report released today.

The Start Fund fills a critical gap in humanitarian financing. It pools funding from donors for immediate release for underfunded small to medium scale crises, spikes in chronic humanitarian crises, and to act in anticipation of impending crises.

21 May 2018 description

In Numbers

544,000 people affected

270,000 people in need of humanitarian assistance

38,000 people worst-affected by the earthquake and in need of food assistance


• From 13 April-20 May, WFP distributed 166 mt of food— including rice, high-energy biscuits and governmentprovided canned fish—to 21,770 people (11,320 males and 10,450 females) in Hela, Southern Highlands, and Western provinces.

18 May 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund


• On 4 May, an agreement was signed by the warring tribes in Hela Province, improving the security situation although it remains unpredictable. Humanitarian organizations, including UNICEF, are currently planning for the resumption of relief operations in the Province.

16 May 2018 description

The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has accepted the advice of the Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee and approved from the Disaster Relief Fund a grant of $3.207 million to the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, China (ADRA China) for providing relief to earthquake victims in Papua New Guinea.

08 May 2018 description

This report is produced by the National Disaster Centre and the Office of the Resident Coordinator in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It was issued by the Disaster Management Team Secretariat and covers the period from 17 to 30 April 2018. The next report will be issued on or around 15 May 2018.


• 270 000 people in need of assistance across four provinces of Papua New Guinea’s highlands.

• 42,557 people (11,041 households) remain displaced in nine care centres and affected communities.

07 May 2018 description
report IRIN

More than two months after Papua New Guinea’s strongest earthquake in almost a century, stranded survivors are turning to an unexpected lifeline: a small domestic violence hotline run by a non-governmental organisation.

Read more on IRIN.

07 May 2018 description

Disaster recovery efforts in accessible parts of Papua New Guinea's earthquake affected Highlands region are moving towards a rehabilitation focus, aid agency World Vision says.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

04 May 2018 description

An ongoing security crisis in Papua New Guinea's Hela province is preventing many earthquake-affected communities receiving relief.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

03 May 2018 description

Papua New Guinea's prime minister says the country's economy is rebounding after the setback of February's major earthquake in the Highlands.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

03 May 2018 description

● In-kind donation of 80 hours of helicopter flights via MAF, for a six weeks period in Hela and other affected provinces for humanitarian relief distribution is being finalized in the next week, while MAF charters an additional airframe. Booking of flights will be coordinated by the Logistics Working Group and validated with the user group at the Wednesday Logistics meetings.

02 May 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • Since 28 March, 40,500 earthquake-affected people, have also been affected by the tribal conflict which resulted in the suspension of humanitarian operations in Hela province.

  • In response to the ongoing measles and other vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks, UNICEF and partners have commenced social mobilization and community engagement activities in two districts of Mendi-Munihu and Nipa Kutubu; culminating to the start of an integrated vaccination campaign on 30 April against measles and rubella (MR) and maternal tetanus.