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20 Oct 2017 description
report Salesian Missions

(MissionNewswire) As part of its Clean Water Initiative, Salesian Missions recently donated eight water reservoir tanks to the Don Bosco Araimiri Secondary School in Araimiri, Papua New Guinea. The school is located in a remote area without access to even the most basic necessities. The new water tanks give students access to clean drinking water.

20 Oct 2017 description

Port Moresby – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, this week (17-18/10) organized a two-day Training for Transformation Workshop on conflict management and peace building in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

20 Oct 2017 description

Advocacy group Doctors for Refugees says Manus Island detainees have been allocated a dangerous amount of medication.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

19 Oct 2017 description

19 October 2017

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, urges Australia to take responsibility and address the imminent humanitarian crisis for refugees and asylum-seekers in Papua New Guinea. UNHCR is profoundly troubled by the mounting risks of ‘offshore processing’ arrangements, and their extraordinary human toll, as Australia seeks to abruptly decrease its support by the end of October.

17 Oct 2017 description
report CARE


Following the response across the PNG Highlands region to the El Niño event in 2015-16, a Lessons Learnt Workshop was held in Goroka on the 9th of May 2017.

The Lessons Learnt Workshop had the following objectives:

  • Provide space for Provincial and sub national government staff and key humanitarian partners in the Eastern Highlands to capture key learning at critical steps of the 2015-16 El Niño emergency response.

16 Oct 2017 description


The El Niño climate event in 2015 and 2016 caused widespread drought and frost in Papua New Guinea (PNG), peaking in late 2015 and breaking in early 2016. With three-quarters of the population reliant on their gardens for food security, only 40% of the population having access to an improved water source and only 19% of the population having access to an improved sanitation facility, the drought impacts were considerable.

16 Oct 2017 description

Manus Island detainees have written to Papua New Guinea authorities pleading not to be forcibly resettled in PNG.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

16 Oct 2017 description

Detainees taking medication on Papua New Guineas' Manus Island have been given a month's worth of pharmaceuticals, prompting fears some may overdose.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

13 Oct 2017 description

Port Moresby, 12 October 2017– Western Highlands and Simbu, like other Highlands provinces, are prone to many different hazards including floods, landslides, droughts and frosts.

Communities in these provinces are regularly impacted by floods especially those living along the rivers and the flood plains. Infrastructure including the Highlands Highway is also regularly impacted by landslides and other calamities. In 2015/16, both provinces were affected by El Nino-induced drought and frost, especially people living in high altitude areas.

13 Oct 2017 description

The decision to evacuate 14 doctors out of Mendi in Papua New Guinea's troubled Southern Highlands has been commended by the National Doctors Association.

Read more on RNZ

12 Oct 2017 description

A human rights lawyer says Australia is scrambling to find places to move Manus Island detainees as its Papua New Guinea detention centre is closed.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

11 Oct 2017 description

By political reporter Tom Iggulden

People at the Manus Island detention centre who are waiting to hear if they can resettle in the United States are being offered transfers to Nauru, but one refugee says nobody wants to move to "another island prison".

Refugees on Manus Island are being offered transfers to Nauru while they wait to hear whether they will be resettled in the United States.

Posters went up around the Manus camp yesterday calling for volunteers to move to Nauru.

06 Oct 2017 description

The lack of psychiatric care available on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island has raised fear of more deaths when Australia's refugee detention centre is closed at the end of the month.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

03 Oct 2017 description

MOUNT HAGEN (ICRC) – Training for health workers on how to administer emergency treatment to survivors of sexual violence is being held for the first time in Papua New Guinea by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) with support from the National Department of Health.

Twenty-two participants from rural health facilities in Enga, Southern and Western Highlands Provinces are attending the five-day training at the Kimininga Hotel in Mount Hagen from 2 - 6 October.

02 Oct 2017 description

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is profoundly saddened by the death of a refugee in East Lorengau, Papua New Guinea, today.

27 Sep 2017 description

Port Moresby, 26 September 2017– Madang Government officials are embracing practical plans to reduce risks from disasters that may impact communities in the province.

Madang is home to an active volcano Manam, which had displaced more than 10, 000 people and affected many more after its last massive eruption in 2004. The province is also vulnerable to earthquakes, tsunamis and floods.

26 Sep 2017 description

The Papua New Guinea prime minister, Peter O'Neill, says an independence referendum in Bougainville will not go ahead if key conditions are not met.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

26 Sep 2017 description
report CARE

The frequency and intensity of natural hazards such as droughts, cyclones and tsunamis in Papua New Guinea (PNG) are increasing each year, putting more and more people at risk. These emergencies impact differently on women, men, girls and boys, depending on their status in society, their capacity to cope and respond and their gender roles and responsibilities in the household and in the community. Women and girls are at particular risk due to their increased workload and caring responsibilities.

26 Sep 2017 description

Key points:

  • US officials say refugees were approved under stringent vetting process
  • Refugee advocates say 27 others due to leave Nauru on September 27
  • Refugees accepted under deal between Barack Obama and Malcolm Turnbull

Twenty-two men from Manus Island have become the first refugees from Australia's offshore detention centre to leave Papua New Guinea for the United States.

The men flew out of Port Moresby this morning, bound for Manila, where they will be transferred to flights to the US.