• The latest reports on the impact of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu have the death toll at 11 with 166 000 people affected on 22 islands. Food and water shortages are still of great concern.  
  • Foreign Minister Julie Bishop visited Vanuatu over the weekend and pledged Australia’s long-term support for the recovery effort.  
  • In Kiribati it has become clear that the damage to outer islands hit by the cyclone is much worse than initially thought.   
  • A research team from the University of Technology Sydney elaborates on the strengths and weaknesses of Vanuatu’s disaster preparedness plans
  • These before and after shots from Vanuatu show just how drastically the natural landscape has changed in parts of the country. 
  • On the Aus-PNG Network, Michelle Redman-MacLaren explains how collaborations between Australian and Papua New Guinean researchers have strengthened HIV research capacity in PNG
  • March 24 was World TB Day. Tuberculosis is a growing crisis in PNG, where journalist Jo Chandler contracted a multi-drug resistant form. Here she reflects on her experience of the disease compared to what she witnessed in PNG.  
  • Medecins Sans Frontieres has been using new technologies to track tuberculosis in remote areas of PNG.