This Standardised Multi-Sectoral Rapid Needs Assessment Tool was developed by the PNG National Disaster Centre with support from ACAPS.
The First 100 Days of the Polio Outbreak Response in Papua New Guinea: A Summary
Papua New Guinea confirmed a polio outbreak on 22 June 2018 when a vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (VDPV1), first detected in a 6-year old boy from Morobe Province, was also isolated in two healthy children from the same community, indicating that the virus was circulating.
On the same day, Papua New Guinea notified the World Health Organization as per required under the International Health Regulations (IHR, 2005). A public announcement was made on 25 June 2018.
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.
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.
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.
Campaign in August targets children under 5 years of age in nine provinces
23 AUGUST 2018, PORT MORESBY - An estimated 700, 110 children under 5 years old will be vaccinated against polio in nine provinces of Papua New Guinea in August 2018. The National Department of Health (NDOH) is mobilizing 4,964 polio workers who will be deployed to 49 districts.
Risk of further spread of polio within the country is high
13 AUGUST 2018, PORT MORESBY - A new polio case was reported today by the National Department of Health of Papua New Guinea (NDOH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in a 22-month old girl from Eastern Highlands Province. This is the fourth case in the country, following confirmation of two cases from Morobe Province in June and July 2018 and a case from Enga in early August.
Children in 9 provinces to be reached in August; nationwide in September and October
9 AUGUST 2018, PORT MORESBY - Almost 300 000 children under the age of 5 in Morobe, Madang and Eastern Highlands Provinces were vaccinated in the first round of the polio campaign in Papua New Guinea.
Department of Health and WHO conducting joint field investigation following confirmation of case in another province
6 AUGUST 2018, PORT MORESBY - The National Department of Health of Papua New Guinea (NDOH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) today announced a case of polio in a 3-year old boy from Mulitaka, Laigam District in Enga Province. The case is the third in the country, following confirmation of two cases from Lae, Morobe Province in June and July 2018.
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.
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.
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.
270,000 people are in need of assistance across four provinces of Papua New Guinea’s highlands.
11,761 households (approximately 58,300 people) remain displaced, of which 1,672 households are staying in eleven care centres while 10,089 households remain with host communities.
8,362 children under 5 years have been vaccinated against Measles-Rubella (MR), while 1,861 infants have received Pentavalent vaccinations.
- LOGISTICS OPERATIONAL UPDATES
● The Logistics Working Group supported the Government of Papua New Guinea with technical logistics assistance, to procure, plan and dispatch five containers worth of food and WASH materials to Western Province through a commercial barge operation. The vessel sailed from Port Moresby to the Fly river in Western Province. The barge called at Sturt Island, Obo Island and finally reached Kiunga, the provincial capital. Food assistance for 7200 families (36,000 persons) and 9000 litre water tanks for 52 communities have been shipped.
This report is produced by the National Disaster Centre and the Office of the Resident Coordinator in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It was issued by the Disaster Management Team Secretariat and covers the period from 17 to 30 April 2018. The next report will be issued on or around 15 May 2018.
• 270 000 people in need of assistance across four provinces of Papua New Guinea’s highlands.
• 42,557 people (11,041 households) remain displaced in nine care centres and affected communities.