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18 Nov 2018 description


Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced that New Zealand is committing up to NZ$10 million towards improving vaccination outcomes in Papua New Guinea.

Mr Peters made the announcement during the official opening of the St John Ambulance Operations Centre in Boroko, which was built with the support of New Zealand Government funding.

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

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.

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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.

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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

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

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29 Oct 2018 description

A senior emergency doctor from Melbourne has self-funded a trip to Papua New Guinea's Manus Island to assess the health of refugees.

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28 Oct 2018 description

People in Papua New Guinea's capital, Port Moresby, are being told to stay away from two lakes after polio was detected in them.

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24 Oct 2018 description

Disaster authorities in Papua New Guinea are advising people in some parts of the earthquake affected Highlands region to continue boiling their drinking water.

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24 Oct 2018 description

The Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea has dismissed the case brought by 731 Manus Island refugees seeking enforcement of their constitutional rights.

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22 Oct 2018 description

Police on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island are calling for locals to respect refugees after one was violently assaulted on Saturday.

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19 Oct 2018 description

Three more cases of polio have been confirmed in Papua New Guinea, bringing the total number to 18.

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17 Oct 2018 description


IOM has been providing assistance to people affected by the earthquake that hit the Highlands region in February 2018. Provinces highly impacted by the disaster were Southern Highlands and Hela. Response by IOM includes tracking human displacement through the Displacement Tracking Matrix as well as providing Non-Food Items (NFIs). In addition to NFIs (cooking pots, plates and bowls, water jerry cans and laundry soap), households displaced and requiring shelter related support received tarpaulins.

17 Oct 2018 description


544K people affected

270K people targeted

5 provinces targeted

$62M funding required


On 26 February 2018, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit the Highlands Region of Papua New Guinea (PNG), affecting an estimated 544,000 people in five provinces - Enga, Gulf, Hela, Southern Highlands and Western provinces, with Hela and Southern Highlands the most affected. More than 270,000 people including 125,000 children, were in immediate need of life saving assistance.

15 Oct 2018 description
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ALMOST 800 displaced people living at a care centre outside Wewak have requested for an audit into funds allocated by the National Government.

Minister for National Planning and Monitoring Richard Maru and Inter-Government Relations Minister and Wewak MP Kevin Isifu visited the Dandan Care Centre at Turubu.

They heard several concerns relating to welfare of the people of Kadovar Island following volcanic activity earlier this year.

11 Oct 2018 description

The Australian Government will provide a further $6 million to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to support the Government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) to respond to the current polio outbreak.

In June 2018, the PNG Government declared a national public health emergency in response to confirmed cases of polio virus.

The PNG Government, along with key partners including GPEI, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have developed an outbreak response plan that includes mass vaccination rounds.