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16 Nov 2018 description
report WaterAid

The health, education and safety of millions of children around the world is threatened because they don’t have a decent toilet at school or at home, according to WaterAid’s State of the World’s Toilets 2018 report.

16 Nov 2018 description

The following syndrome has been flagged this week:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Federal States of Micronesia, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Solomon Island, Vanuatu, and Samoa.

  • Prolonged Fever: Federated States of Micronesia

Other Update:

Meningococcal Disease

14 Nov 2018 description
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November 14th, 2018 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has made a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Papua New Guinea Red Cross Society (PNGRCS), to work together in response to the earthquake disasters in the Oceanian country.

The agreement was signed by Ali bin Hassan Al-Hammadi, Secretary-General of QRCS, and Uvenama Rova, Secretary-General of PNGRCS. It will establish a bilateral humanitarian partnership in relieving the victims of a series of destructive quakes that hit several parts of Papua New Guinea in February, April, and October 2018.

13 Nov 2018 description

Faits marquants intervenus depuis la diffusion de la carte précédente sur PacNet, le 5 novembre 2018 :

Vanuatu : L’épidémie d’oreillons a été déclarée éteinte.. ‒ Source: communication personnelle avec les autorités sanitaires le 9 novembre 2018. ‒ L’alerte ne figure plus sur la carte.

Autres informations utiles (cas importés/personnes ayant séjourné dans un ou plusieurs États et Territoires insulaires océaniens) :

13 Nov 2018 description

By Benjamin Robinson-Drawbridge, RNZ Pacific Journalist

The medical crisis among men detained on Manus Island has been overshadowed by the children's health crisis on Nauru, refugees and their advocates say.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

12 Nov 2018 description

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, responds to emergencies in some of the world’s poorest countries, delivering lifesaving sexual and reproductive health supplies and services to protect the rights, safety and dignity of women and young people affected by crises. In 2017, UNFPA reached 16 million people in 58 countries with humanitarian assistance, including 10.8 million people reached with sexual and reproductive health services and 3.9 million people reached with gender-based violence (GBV) services. In the last decade, UNFPA’s humanitarian activities have grown exponentially.

12 Nov 2018 description

Highlights/updates since the last map was sent on PacNet on 5 November 2018

The mumps outbreak in Vanuatu has been declared over. – Source: personal communication with country officials on 9 November 2018. – The alert has been removed from the map.

Additional information of relevance (e.g. imported cases with travel history to Pacific Island countries and territories):

09 Nov 2018 description
  • Summary of new viruses this week: Afghanistan – No new cases of wild poliovirus (WPV1) or WPV1 positive environmental samples. Pakistan – Two new cases of wild poliovirus (WPV1) and two WPV1 positive environmental samples. Papua New Guinea – no new cases reported this week. Democratic Republic of Congo – two new cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2). Nigeria- four new cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2). Somalia- no new cases reported this week. Niger- one new case of circulating vaccine-driven polio virus type 2 (cVDPV2).

08 Nov 2018 description

The following syndrome has been flagged this week:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Federal States of Micronesia, French Polynesia

Other Update:

Invasive Meningococcal Disease

08 Nov 2018 description

By Papua New Guinea correspondent Natalie Whiting

Papua New Guinea is clearing refugees out of its capital city ahead of next week's APEC summit.

More than 20 refugees from Manus Island who had been in Port Moresby for medical treatment have been sent to back to the island, and another 20 refugees who are still in Port Moresby will be flown out this week.

08 Nov 2018 description

Seventy-two percent of Manus Island refugees in the latest group applying for resettlement in the United States have been rejected.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

07 Nov 2018 description

The following syndrome has been flagged this week:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: American Samoa, French Polynesia

Other Update:

Polio

  • PNG: Southern Highlands has reported the country's 19th polio case since June 2018 and 3 cases are pending confirmation. The case a 1-year-old male did not receive the polio emergency vaccination. Source: PROMED

Dengue

07 Nov 2018 description

Highlights/updates since the last map was sent on PacNet on 29 October 2018

  • The DEN-2 outbreak in New Caledonia has been declared over. – Source: Bulletin Épidémiologique and personal communication with country officials, Direction des Affaires Sanitaires et Sociales de Nouvelle-Calédonie, 5 November 2018. – The alert has been removed from the map.

06 Nov 2018 description

Key points

  • 3,127 people have been sent to Nauru or PNG as part of offshore processing arrangements

As of 21 October 2018:

  • 1,278 people (including 52 children) are still on Nauru or PNG (note: this number is constantly changing with transfers, with the latest estimate by refugee groups being 27 children as of 5 November 2018)

  • 415 people have been resettled in the US, and 188 people have been rejected for US resettlement as of the same date

05 Nov 2018 description

Summary: The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) was granted on 28 February 2018 for CHF 209,398 to the PNGRCS. The DREF reached 3,000 people in three Highlands provinces, who were affected by Highland Earthquake in PNG.

02 Nov 2018 description
  • World Polio Day activities garnered global attention. Partners, donors, and popular public figures around the world brought attention to the cause of polio and the efforts to eradicate polio. A quick overview of some of the World Polio Day highlights
  • Summary of new viruses this week: Afghanistan – Three new cases of wild poliovirus (WPV1) and four WPV1 positive environmental samples.
02 Nov 2018 description

Responding to the Australian government’s announcement that it will remove all children from its offshore detention centre on Nauru within two months, Charmain Mohammed, Head of Refugee and Migrant Rights at Amnesty International, said:

02 Nov 2018 description

A Manus Island refugee attempted suicide on Wednesday, dousing himself in petrol before others intervened.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.