PORT MORESBY/SYDNEY, 23 March 2018 – UNICEF has this week delivered 23 metric tons of relief supplies to Papua New Guinea, including tents and tarpaulins, water purification tablets, hygiene kits, blankets and learning kits as part of ongoing efforts to help children and families who were hardest hit by recent earthquakes.
Three years ago, tuberculosis (TB) became the joint lead as the world’s deadliest infectious disease - neck and neck with HIV/AIDS.
In Papua New Guinea (PNG), the epidemic is such that the government has declared a state of emergency in several provinces. With an estimated 30,000 new cases in 2016, expanding and improving TB care in PNG is an uphill battle.
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is providing TB diagnosis and treatment in two of these provinces: Gulf Province and National Capital District, in conjunction with the Ministry of Health.
Papua New Guinea's weather office is warning people to secure themselves and prepare for a possible tropical cyclone.
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Violence and lawlessness are surging again in the capital of Papua New Guinea's Hela province, Tari.
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This report is produced by the National Disaster Centre, the Office of the Resident Coordinator and the United Nations Coordination and Assessment (UNDAC) Team in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It was issued by the Disaster Management Team Secretariat. It covers the period from 18 March to 21 March 2018. The next report will be issued on or around 27 March 2018.
According to IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), 6,444 households (34,153 people) are displaced in 39 communities and informal care centers.
On 26 February 2018, at 3:44am local time, an earthquake measuring M7.5 hit the Highlands region of Papua New Guinea (PNG), with its epicentre located 30 km south of Tari town, Hela Province. The Government of Papua New Guinea has declared a state of emergency and has established Forward Operating Bases in Mt. Hagen and Moro, as well as Emergency Operations Centres in Mendi and Tari. The Government, private companies, bilateral and humanitarian partners have focused relief efforts on communities in the worst-hit areas.
01. LOGISTICS OPERATIONAL UPDATES
The Australian Defence Force, (ADF) is considering requests for assistance, using the Hercules C-130J, for ad-hoc rotations between Port Moresby/Mt Hagen and Moro, into early next week. Request for Assistance (RFA), must be submitted for requests to be considered, and the Australian DFAT has requested agency distribution plans for their consideration when making a decision on the acceptance of the task.
21 MARCH 2018, PORT MORESBY - A third of all health facilities have closed in Hela and Southern Highlands Provinces as a result of the Papua New Guinea earthquake.
On 26 February, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea, triggering landslides, affecting water sources and wiping out houses, health facilities, people and crops. More than 190 aftershocks have been recorded, according to the United States Geological Survey, including one as recently as 20 March.
Trauma from last month's big earthquake in Papua New Guinea's Highlands is still too fresh for many communities to return to their villages.
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A month after a huge deadly earthquake in Papua New Guinea, there are warnings that schools won't be able to reopen until next year, leaving traumatised children in limbo.
A month after a deadly magnitude-7.5 earthquake struck Papua New Guinea's Highlands, aid workers have warned that an entire "generation" of children may miss out on a proper education.
By Papua New Guinea correspondent Eric Tlozek
Papua New Guinea forms a special team to negotiate with Australia's Home Affairs Department to ensure all refugees from Manus Island are resettled in a third country, soon.
The Papua New Guinea Government wants Australia to set a deadline to get refugees from Manus Island out of the country.
PNG has formed a special team to negotiate with Australia's Home Affairs Department to ensure all refugees from Manus Island are resettled in a third country, soon.
544000 PEOPLE AFFECTED
270000 NEED IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE
4 PROVINCES AFFECTED
A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea (PNG) on 26 February 2018.
Hela and Southern Highlands are the worstaffected provinces. Western and Enga Provinces have also been impacted.
Water, food, shelter, medicine and the provision of health services are the priority needs.
A. SITUATION ANALYSIS
Description of the disaster
The remote Kadovar Island volcano became active on 5 January 2018 with mild volcanic activity on the south-eastern side of the island. The Governor’s office conducted an aerial assessment and observed lava flow on the island with an estimated 50-60 per cent of the island covered in lava. The entire population has been relocated to Blup Blup Island, which is an island of about 800 people.
In Papua New Guinea, only 40% of people have access to safe drinking water and healthy toilets, one of the lowest rates in the Pacific Islands.
Women and girls of school age generally assume the burden of water collection for their families.
A new project is will provide clean water access for tens of thousands of people bringing connections right to their doorsteps.
Today during a visit to Port Moresby, I announce additional support for recovery and reconstruction efforts in Papua New Guinea’s highlands region following the devastating 7.5-magnitude earthquake on 26 February.
More than 125 people were killed by the earthquake and its aftershocks and the UN estimates 500,000 people have been affected.
Australia has been helping with relief efforts through emergency supplies and specialist personnel, transport and distribution in affected areas, helping to restore electricity and supporting vulnerable women and children.
AAF platforms and crews have combined with Australian Army CH-47F Chinooks to deliver thousands of pounds of essential aid to remote villages in Papua New Guinea (PNG) in the wake of the recent earthquake.
On February 26, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake devastated villages across PNG, cutting off many roads.
With food, water and essential medicines running low, C-130J Hercules, from RAAF Base Richmond, began flying essential relief supplies as part of Operation PNG Assist 2018.
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