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15 Dec 2017 description
report The Guardian

Majority of refugees to be resettled in the new year are from Pakistan and Afghanistan

Ben Doherty

Nearly 200 refugees from Australia’s offshore detention islands of Nauru and Manus will be resettled in the United States in the new year.

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14 Dec 2017 description

This factsheet provides a summary of the activities that the ICRC carries out for vulnerable migrants and their families in Asia. It explains our approach and describes what we, together with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, do to help protect and assist migrants along migration routes in Asia.

14 Dec 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.


13 November 2017: Save the Children announced that it had fired 16 staff over reports of sexual violence in the past year. Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

14 Dec 2017 description

Key Messages

• The latest (mid-Oct) ENSO forecast indicate a 60% chance for weak La Niña condition to persist during the Nov-Jan and this might likely to continue until the end of the wet season in PNG. Therefore evaluating possible potential impact pathways for La Niña conditions and having contingency plans in place, would be helpful preparedness measure to reduce risks and harness favorable weather conditions.

14 Dec 2017 description

Key Messages

• Though the latest (early-May) ENSO forecasts indicate a 50% chance for El Niño condition to develop during the second half of 2017, models predicting El Niño at this point of time (May) are constrained by autumn barriers and hence predicting manifestation of El Niño conditions accurately is difficult.

• As there are uncertainties on El Niño development at this stage, it is necessary to adopt a caution and develop a graduated and dynamic approach to evaluate possible potential impact pathways and put in place a range of contingency plans.

08 Dec 2017 description

A parliamentary select committee in New Zealand has heard that $US2-million dollars in aid for Manus Island refugees could also benefit the island's hospital.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

04 Dec 2017 description

Welcome to the report of the INFORM Global Risk Index for 2018.
The INFORM Risk Index is a way to understand and measure the risk of humanitarian crises and disasters, and how the conditions that lead to them affect sustainable development. INFORM partners and other organisations continue to use INFORM products to support their prioritisation and decision-making relating to crisis and disaster prevention, preparedness and response.

02 Dec 2017 description
report GAVI Alliance

Gavi Board approves US$ 85 million funding window for 2019-2020 to support the introduction of typhoid conjugate vaccine in developing countries

Vientiane, 30 November 2017 – Millions of children in the poorest countries could soon be protected against typhoid fever following the Gavi Board’s approval today of a support window for typhoid conjugate vaccines (TCVs).

01 Dec 2017 description

There have not been any syndromes flagged for the reporting week 47.

Other updates


A dengue outbreak is ongoing in Wallis and Futuna. Clean up of communities to eradicate mosquito breeding sites is ongoing. As of 6 November there have been 7 confirmed cases, of which two have had dengue serotype-1 identified. Source: Health Agency Wallis and Futuna There is an ongoing dengue-serotype 2 outbreak in Samoa


30 Nov 2017 description

Refugees on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island say three Pakistani asylum seekers have been arrested for deportation.

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29 Nov 2017 description

By Adela Suliman

LONDON, Nov 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A group of senior Australian doctors have written an open letter to their government citing "great concern" for the physical and mental health of hundreds of asylum seekers cleared from an abandoned Australian-run detention camp in Papua New Guinea.

The doctors outlined a range of concerns from poor hygiene and sanitation to the spread of disease and called for an immediate review of the health of the men still on Manus Island, offering to conduct the medical assessments themselves.

28 Nov 2017 description

MSF calls on Gavi to put children’s health at the centre of its funding model – not just economics

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 — 20 countries about to fall off Gavi funding ‘cliff,’ risking their ability to pay for life-saving vaccines for children long term

28 Nov 2017 description

A group of senior medical professionals in Australia has asked the government to allow it to review the health of Manus Island refugees.

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27 Nov 2017 description
report CARE

In 2016, the world’s biggest weather phenomenon, El Nino, affected more than 60 million people across parts of Africa, Asia and the Pacific. The humanitarian impact from this El Nino cycle was massive in scale, leaving more than 60 million people around the world facing food and water shortages, rising food prices, higher malnutrition rates, devastated livelihoods and forced displacement.

27 Nov 2017 description

A Manus Island refugee says there is not enough space in new facilities for the men forcibly removed from the decommissioned detention centre.

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27 Nov 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Fiji, French Polynesia

Other updates


  • A dengue serotype-2 outbreak is ongoing in Samoa. Clean up of communities to eradicate mosquito breeding sites is ongoing. Source: Samoa Ministry of Health.