Updated 7:16 pm PST, Saturday, November 17, 2018 From left, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence pose for a group photo after signing the Papua New Guinea Electrification Partnership at APEC Haus in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. less From left, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and U.S. Vice President Mike ... more Photo: Mark Schiefelbein, AP Photo: Mark Schiefelbein, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 From left, Australian Prime Minister … [Read more...] about US, allies to bring electricity to most of Papua New Guinea
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Stephen Wright and Jim Gomez, Associated Press Updated 7:54 pm PST, Tuesday, November 13, 2018 A woman goes through a security check at the APEC 2018 International Media Center at Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. After three decades of promoting free trade as a panacea to poverty, the APEC grouping of nations that includes the U.S. and China is holding its lavish annual leaders meeting in the country that can least afford it. less A woman goes through a security check at the APEC 2018 International Media Center at Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. After three decades of promoting free trade as a panacea to poverty, ... more Photo: Aaron Favila, AP Photo: Aaron Favila, AP Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 A woman goes … [Read more...] about Expensive APEC summit sows division in host Papua New Guinea
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Asia Pacific Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Asia Pacific | Papua New Guinea Is Rich in Resources but Poor in Health Supported by ByJo Chandler Nov. 13, 2018 PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea — Polio was vanquished by the Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea 18 years ago. Now, as world leaders gather there for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit meeting this week, polio has returned — on top of raging drug-resistant epidemics of tuberculosis, malaria and H.I.V., and deadly flash points of preventable diseases like whooping cough and measles. All over the country, there are symptoms of a profound public health emergency; young and old are getting sick and dying unnecessarily, while facilities lack basic medicines and equipment. Doctors and experts say the unfolding crisis is the realization of their worst fears after years of … [Read more...] about Papua New Guinea Is Rich in Resources but Poor in Health
DEEP within the jungle of Papua New Guinea there is an ancient initiation tradition that turns boys not into men, but into crocodiles. Here's what we know about the skin-cutting ritual and the Chambri people who practise the ritual. What is the Papua New Guinea crocodile skin-cutting ritual? Crocodile scarification is an initiation for boys entering manhood during which their skin is cut and scarred to represent the scales of a crocodile. The Chambri tribe believes they descend from the crocodile - a spiritual and symbolic animal throughout Papua New Guinea - and this process recognises this ancestral connection. The ancient myth tells the story of how crocodiles migrated from the Sepik River onto land to eventually become humans. To become an adult, the young initiate first joins his uncle in a spirit house, where he is held down while tribal leaders make hundreds of two-centimetre long slices into the boy’s skin with a bamboo sliver. The boy is not allowed to show pain, as the … [Read more...] about What is the Papua New Guinea crocodile skin-cutting ritual and who are the Chambri people?
Story highlights Polio was confirmed in a 6-year-old boy in May Two more children have been diagnosed with poliovirus The strain of poliovirus detected in the boy is now circulating in the community (CNN)A polio outbreak has been confirmed in Morobe Province of Papua New Guinea, the World Health Organization reported Monday. Papua New Guinea had been certified polio-free since 2000, along with the rest of WHO's Western Pacific Region. The virus was suspected as the cause of lower limb weakness in a 6-year-old boy in Morobe Province in April; in May, the diagnosis was confirmed. The same strain of virus was detected in stool specimens of two healthy children living in the community by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which confirmed the outbreak on Friday. The total of three cases prompted the declaration of an outbreak. Read More WHO also determined that the strain of poliovirus detected in the children -- vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1-- is … [Read more...] about Papua New Guinea no longer polio-free