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25 Sep 2018 description
report The National


A psychiatrist has been posted to Manus to attend to refugees who need help at the detention centre, says Chief Migration Officer Solomon Kantha.

“A psychiatrist is now at the centre after I raised concern with the Australian Department of Home Affairs about the mental situation of the refugees,” he said.

25 Sep 2018 description
report The National

POLIO vaccination in the National Capital District had a slow but good start, according to coordinator Morimai Ipai.

20 Sep 2018 description
  • Summary of newly-reported viruses this week: Afghanistan – one new case of wild poliovirus (WPV1). Democratic Republic of Congo – two new cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2). See country sections below for more details.

  • Featured on www.polioeradication.org: Coffee with Polio Experts – Darcy Levison of WHO talks about the logistical challenges of reaching every child in the Lake Chad subregion.

18 Sep 2018 description


Climate change in the Pacific

Small island developing states (SIDS) are among the most vulnerable to our changing climate. People living in the western tropical Pacific SIDS are already experiencing higher temperatures, shifts in rainfall patterns, rising sea levels and changes in the frequency and intensity of extreme climate events. Further changes on top of an existing, naturally variable climate are expected long into the future because of global warming.

13 Sep 2018 description

National Capital District campaign starts 24 September; nationwide 1 October

13 SEPTEMBER 2018, PORT MORESBY - Papua New Guinea’s National Department of Health (NDOH) today announced that polio vaccination will be expanded to cover all children aged up to 15 years. The polio vaccination campaign targeting children in the National Capital District will begin on 24 September. It will be expanded to the rest of the country from 1 October 2018.

13 Sep 2018 description

Australia will provide $10 million in support to combat infectious diseases in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Low rates of immunisation have led to recent outbreaks of preventable diseases such as polio, measles, and whooping cough.

Australia’s contribution will support the PNG Government’s major vaccination campaign and help increase routine immunisation levels to avoid future outbreaks.

The PNG Government has declared the recent polio virus outbreak a national public health emergency.

12 Sep 2018 description

A leading Papua New Guinea health official has warned that communities with poor water and sanitation conditions in the capital are most at risk of the spread of polio.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

10 Sep 2018 description

First case reported in the capital city; emergency vaccination starts 24 September in NCD

07 SEPTEMBER 2018, PORT MORESBY - One new case of polio has been confirmed in a 6-year old boy from 5-Mile Settlement. This is the first case reported from Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea.

08 Sep 2018 description

Manam Volcano, on an island off the coast of Madang province in northern Papua New Guinea, erupted early in the morning of 25 August. Lava and ash are affecting nine of 13 villages on the island, which has a population of about 7,000 people. As of 28 August, two of these villages, Dangale (239 people) and Kolang (143 people), have been evacuated to unaffected locations on the island.

07 Sep 2018 description
report The National


ONLY 382 out of the 4769 people affected by the Manam volcanic eruption on Saturday received relief supplies yesterday.

The 382 were from the worst affected villages of Dangale and Kolang.

They had been relocated by Bogia MP Robert Naguri to Zogari village which has been used as a temporary care centre.

Villagers from Baliau, Kuluguma, Boda and Yassa plus some from Bokure villages did not get anything because there was not enough for everyone. But they were expecting more supplies to arrive yesterday.

07 Sep 2018 description
report The National

THE progress of the polio immunisation programme in Southern Highlands is being slowed down by bad weather, says Fred Nondo, supervisor of the polio campaign for the Kagua-Erave district.

He said polio vaccination team patrols started this week for the majority of the districts due to problems in logistic arrangements and the wet season.

The bad weather is a major hindrance to the programme that was launched last week.

06 Sep 2018 description
  • Summary of new viruses this week: Papua New Guinea – three new cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1). No new cases of wild poliovirus. Afghanistan and Pakistan continue to detect WPV1 through environmental sampling, indicating sustained transmission. See country sections below for more details.

05 Sep 2018 description

More than 60,000 people including nearly 20,000 children in the Mt Hagen Central District, Western Highlands Province, are set to benefit from improved water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) services in the coming four years.

The improved WaSH services, to be delivered as part of a project jointly supported by the European Union (EU) and UNICEF in collaboration with the Government of Papua New Guinea, are expected to have significant positive impact on the productivity, health and well-being of beneficiaries.

05 Sep 2018 description

Nine cases of polio have now been confirmed in Papua New Guinea as authorities ramp up their efforts to contain the outbreak.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

05 Sep 2018 description

Six polio cases confirmed since June 2018; risk of further spread within the country is high

26 AUGUST 2018, PORT MORESBY – Two new polio cases were reported today by the National Department of Health of Papua New Guinea from Madang and Eastern Highlands Province.

31 Aug 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund


• During the first half of 2018, the humanitarian situation in Papua New Guinea (PNG) deteriorated and remains grim due to three States of Emergency in PNG: Earthquake disaster for 4 provinces; Peace and Security for Southern Highlands; Public Health emergency due to polio outbreak.

• UNICEF's has reached over 37,000 children with measles and rubella vaccinations, 23,000 children with micronutrient powder; 64,000 people have been given access to safe drinking water.

29 Aug 2018 description

About 5000 people living on Papua New Guinea's volcanic Manam Island are reluctant to evacuate after the weekend's major eruption.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

29 Aug 2018 description

Thirteen Manus Island refugees flew out of the Papua New Guinea capital of Port Moresby yesterday to be resettled in the United States.

Two members of the group are Pakistanis, two are Tamils, five are Afghans and four come from Myanmar.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

28 Aug 2018 description

The president of the Pacific Islands News Association says he's appalled and disappointed by an attack on Papua New Guinea journalist Dorothy Mark, who travelled to Manam Island on Saturday to cover the latest volcanic disaster.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

27 Aug 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

On 26 February, Papua New Guinea was struck by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake – the first of several major quakes and more than 100 tremors to shake the country within weeks. The earthquakes caused devastating landslides and widespread destruction across the four provinces of Hela, Southern Highlands, Western Province and Enga. Families lost their homes, water sources, health facilities and the gardens they relied on for food.