The Solomon Islands secretary for health says the new government has made a commitment to relocating the National Referral Hospital.
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Health authorities in Solomon Islands are closely monitoring the dengue situation in the country after several suspected cases were recently reported to their surveillance unit in Honiara.
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The World Health Organisation says hospitals in the Pacific region are struggling to cope with the effects of climate change and coastal erosion.
World Bank Country Director to meet with Government
HONIARA, January 29, 2014 – The Solomon Islands Government today signed agreements with the World Bank for a sustainable fisheries project, funding support for rural poverty alleviation and flood relief, as well as continued economic and fiscal reform.
World Bank Country Director for Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands, Franz Drees-Gross signed the agreements with Solomon Islands Minister of Finance Snyder Rini in Honiara.
The Solomon Islands cabinet says it is still considering a rehabilitation package for the 2014 April flood victims.
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When it comes to disasters, climate change and the environment, the Solomon Islands is one of the South Pacific’s most vulnerable countries.
Bridges, schools, clinics, hospitals, fisheries, footpaths and roads, water supplies, sea walls, office complexes, and crops are just a few examples of infrastructure and development subject to risk.
To help combat this, a Risk Resilient Development Toolkit is being developed to help decision-makers factor risk into their planning.
The Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDM) is taking a lead role in driving these initiatives.
A three-day forum attracted representatives from government, Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), agency, and other partnering groups to address these issues, and discuss ways to help communities become less vulnerable.
For the children of Ghavaga Kindergarten in Guadalcanal Plains, having new sanitation facilities is a first step towards a healthy physical learning environment benefiting a child’s learning and health. Last week, some 75 children and their teacher’s received two toilets, with an additional four for their community.
“This is really a big achievement for the school and our little children as water and sanitation is one of our priority development plans for the school for the next three years,” said Alice Bunia, a kindy teacher at Ghavaga Kindergarten.
The Solomon Islands is set to have a one-stop-shop database of maps and relevant information that shows decision-makers where risks like flooding, erosion and landslides are high.
From the data collected so far, staff in the Solomon Islands' Ministry of Environment Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDM) have observed that flooding in the Solomon Islands has been getting worse over the past few years.
Six months after devastating floods in Solomon Islands, the clean up is continuing.
22 people were killed and 9,000 left homeless when flash flooding swept Honiara and Guadalcanal Plains in April.
Since then, World Vision has been working on the recovery effort and is nearing the end of its work to fully restore water supply and sanitation.
The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) issued a Flood All-Clear statement on Tuesday night.
“We have advised no further threat exists and it is now safe for people in the affected areas to move around,” NDMO chair Dr Melchoir Mataki said.
“We would like to see those living in evacuation centres or other safe areas, who can safely do so, return to their homes.
“We will assess their needs from their homes and do all we can to assist them.
“We offer our deepest sympathies to those families affected by this tragedy.
by George Herming
A two days workshop on the “lessons learned” following the April Floods in Honiara and parts of Guadalcanal is underway in Honiara.
The workshop brings together a diverse group of people and organizations who have been involved in and still involved in the disaster management operations of the April Floods.
Workshop participants were drawn from a range of stakeholders including Government Agencies, the Donor Community, International Humanitarian Agencies and NGOs.
Farmers who lost crops and livestock during April’s flash floods are beginning to receive assistance under one of several different programs.
Those who need the most help are being prioritized, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL).
Over the long term, MAL will try and help everyone whose livelihoods were damaged or destroyed.
“Right now we want to make sure the worst-affected farmers receive the assistance that will help them the most,” MAL Extension Services Director Michael Ho’ota said.
Three more people have died from measles in Solomon Islands bringing the death toll from the outbreak to six, with 2300 cases reported so far.
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HONIARA, Solomon Islands – A dramatic rise in cases of measles in Solomon Islands reminds the community that the fight against measles is not yet over.
Reports that “measles cases are slowly decreasing” are inaccurate. In fact, cases of measles are increasing and spreading throughout the provinces.
“The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) can confirm that over 2300 cases of measles have been reported since the outbreak began in July this year,” said Dr. Aaron Oritaimae, Incident Controller of the Ministry of Health’s Emergency Operations Centre.“
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AVUAVU, Solomon Islands (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An abandoned airstrip overgrown with weeds marks the entrance to this village of 400 people on Guadalcanal, the largest of the Solomon Islands. Since January, it has been home to the Solomon’s first automatic weather station, a device that may help the Pacific archipelago nation bear up to climate change.
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19 months on from the tsunami that hit Temotu province in Solomon Islands, victims are still living in temporary shelters and awaiting funds to help rebuild their permanent homes.
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The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID), Moses Virivolomo, and the Australian High Commissioner, Andrew Byrne, inspected the completed flood repairs in West Guadalcanal on Thursday 18 September 2014.
Bridge approaches and other crossings on the West Guadalcanal Highway were washed out during the floods in April, cutting access to Honiara for thousands of people between Kakambona and Lambi.
Two Royal Australian Navy landing craft have delivered vital supplies to remote communities in Solomon Islands as part of Australia’s commitment to provide support to the region.
HMA Ships Labuan and Tarakan transported education, medical and flood relief supplies from the capital Honiara to coastal communities in need. Labuan headed north and east to Tulaghi and Auki, with her sister ship Tarakan heading south to Guadalcanal’s very remote Weather Coast.
Commanding Officer of Tarakan, Lieutenant James Carroll, said the landing craft were ideally suited to the task.
Many Temotu communities affected by the February 2013 tsunami are on their way back to normalcy, thanks to the resilience of communities and some assistance from various organisations.
Restored food gardens, temporary shelters, and some new livelihood opportunities are among the signs of recovery, one year and a half on from the disaster.
"It’s the local people here who take the initiative to make these programs work at a village level,” said Temotu Premier Fr. Charles Brown Beu.