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17 Jul 2018 description
report Human Rights Watch

Fifth Anniversary of Refugees Suffering on Manus, Nauru Islands

12 Jul 2018 description

Government launches emergency measures to prevent children from lifelong paralysis.

11 Jul 2018 description

Papua New Guinea's national planning minister says the government has 18 months to vaccinate 80 percent of children against polio.

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02 Jul 2018 description

On 21 May 2018, the regional polio reference laboratory reported to WHO the isolation of vaccine derived poliovirus type 1 (VDPV1) from a child with acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) in Lae, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea. The onset of the child’s paralysis occurred on 24 April 2018.

In response to this single case of VDPV1, enhanced surveillance and active case finding were implemented, including the collection of stool samples from household and community contacts of the index case.

28 Jun 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund


• On 18 June, a nine-month state of emergency was declared for the Southern Highlands due to increased outbreaks of violence which has led to a destruction of infrastructure and several thousand people being affected. UNICEF and partner agencies continue to provide assistance in accessible areas.

27 Jun 2018 description

The police chief in Papua New Guinea's Manus province has justified implementing a curfew for refugees staying in Lorengau.

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26 Jun 2018 description

Joint NDOH-WHO media release

PORT MORESBY, 25 JUNE 2018 - The National Department of Health of Papua New Guinea and the World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed that the strain of poliovirus first detected in a child from Morobe Province in April is now circulating in the same community.

The one confirmed case is a 6-year-old boy with lower limb weakness, first detected on 28 April 2018. A vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (VDPV1) had been isolated as the cause of the paralysis on 21 May 2018.

26 Jun 2018 description

The governor of Manus province in Papua New Guinea has reportedly threatened refugees with consequences if they break curfew.

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25 Jun 2018 description

United Nations humanitarian relief efforts in Papua New Guinea's earthquake-affected region are picking up pace again with a welcome return to Mendi.

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25 Jun 2018 description

An NGO worker in Papua New Guinea's Hela province says many families remain in acute need after February's magnitude 7.5 earthquake.

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24 Jun 2018 description

On 26 February 2018, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit parts of the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea, significantly affecting the Southern Highlands and Hela Provinces. The Papua New Guinea Government's National Disaster Center (NDC), estimates that over 544,000 people have been affected throughout the five provinces, with more than 270,000 people in immediate need of assistance. The estimated death toll is currently at 100. Due to the remoteness of many of the areas struck by the earthquake, no complete assessments have been possible to date.

22 Jun 2018 description

Circulation of vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) has been confirmed in Papua New Guinea, with a case reported from Morobe province, as well as the same virus isolated from two healthy children from the same community. Surveillance for AFP cases is being strengthened and an outbreak response will be implemented.

20 Jun 2018 description

The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, and Members of Parliament, including Ministers, will travel to Mendi tomorrow to reinforce the good work of the members of the Emergency team, after Local Leaders involved in election petition travelled to Mendi today.

Following overnight media comments by the Southern Highlands Provincial Police Commander, the Prime Minister has expressed disappointed that the PPC has seen fit to make statements that are outside his responsibility.

15 Jun 2018 description

The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has announced that the National Executive Council has approved the declaration of a State of Emergency for the Southern Highlands Province, and a call-out of the Defence Force in the province.

The National Executive Council has agreed to a course of action that will restore order in the Southern Highlands, ensure all Leaders with potential involvement in unlawful behavior are held to account, and prevent further unlawful activities.

11 Jun 2018 description

Challenges may arise in Papua New Guinea as some communities displaced by February's earthquake do not want to return home, the Red Cross says.

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08 Jun 2018 description

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Papua New Guinea says the victims of the February earthquake desperately need assistance.

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06 Jun 2018 description

Port Moresby / Mt Hagen (ICRC) – As many as 34 councillors from the Nebilyer Local Level Government (LLG) in the Western Highlands Province have agreed to respect and implement the traditional rules of fighting, to minimize its consequences on people and property.