Additional K8m for COVID-19 response

Made available through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), this brings the total U.S. government assistance to nearly K12 million ($3.5 million). 

USAID awarded K6 million (USD $1.75 million) to FHI360 to support clinics in the National Capital District, building capacity on infection prevention and control, supporting facilities, expanding testing capacity, establishing response teams, upgrading WASH facilities and facilitating contact tracing.

UN agencies tell Pacific to vaccinate against measles

They said this should to happen before travelling internationally, attending major events or community gatherings.

Vaccination provided the best protection against measles and parents should get their children immunised, the agencies said.

In October, Samoa and Tonga both declared measles outbreaks.

Both UNICEF and the WHO said they were continuing to provide resources to Pacific states to respond to the measles threat.


Clean water and sanitation a huge Pacific challenge - UNICEF

That's according to the UN agency for children or UNICEF which works with almost a million children across the region.

Pacific representative Sheldon Yett said there are many factors hampering progress on the issue including geography, natural disasters and the negative impacts of climate change.

"We are working actually to make sure that they can make the most out of the water that they have. To make sure that kids have access to good hygiene. To make sure that kids are teaching their parents and other community members what to do.

Polio strategies developed

These strategies came about following lessons learnt in the last 100 days of the emergency response.

The polio outbreak response plan of Papua New Guinea focuses on three main components: 

  • Supplementary immunisation activities
  • Enhanced surveillance; and
  • Communication

The supplementary immunisation activities have seen two national immunisation campaigns targeting more than 3.26 million children under 15 years old across 22 provinces.

Forced to marry at 15

She wants to complete her education but she has two children, both below the ages of 5 who she must care for as well.

Jeremiah laughs, interrupting her thoughts, and she pulls him closer to her chest. He is her second child, and from a marriage of her choice.

Agnes was married once before. “But it was not love,” she says as she strokes Jeremiah’s hair, who obviously is unaware of what his mother has been through. 

17 and on the run

He has been on the run for months now, after being falsely accused of stealing from his employer.

He was a carrier for a local businesswoman named *Mary. He’d carry her second-hand clothes bales daily, to and from her place to the market. Second-hand clothing is a popular and demanding market in the country, and makes good money.

Larry’s engagement wasn’t long before one of the bales went missing. Blaming Larry, Mary had him arrested, charged and thrown in jail.

A mission to save children

The target is between the ages of 0 to 5 and women of child bearing age of 15 to 45 in NCD.

UNICEF says this is because the number has increased in the last 10 years. 

The last 10 years was when NCDC Health Services ceased its mobile clinic operations as well.

NCDC Health Services staff says this is purely to do with funding constraints.

While vaccinating children and women yesterday at Tatana village, health officers say such vaccination exercises in the past were conducted annually to ensure all children were immunised.

UNICEF raises concern on children’s welfare

In a statement released , UNICEF said children are still in shock and suffering significant trauma and stress which could have negative consequences to their long-term well-being.

According to UNCEF PNG, children are still being confronted by fear, loss, confusion, family separation, deteriorated living conditions and disruption of social and school activities.

They raised the concern that psychological damage among children should not be overlooked as it can have a negative impact on children’s brain development, mental health and overall wellbeing in the long-run.


180mil children face bleaker prospects than their parents

According to the analysis, 180 million children live in 37 countries where they are more likely to live in extreme poverty, be out of school, or be killed by violent death than children living in those countries 20 years ago. 

Children to ‘take over’ key roles on Nov 20

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham, President of Chile Michelle Bachelet, singer, songwriter and actress P!nk, actress Millie Bobby Brown, singers, songwriters and musicians Chloe x Halle, legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and FCB and FCB Foundation are among the many stars, leaders and organisations lending their voices to children for World Children’s Day, UNICEF has announced.