The United Nations (UN) is adapting its planning and programmes to better help Caribbean countries ensure that no one is left behind in their thrust to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
From Jamaica in the north, through the vibrant islands of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), to Guyana in the south, the Caribbean has demonstrated a wide variety of development achievements and considerable convergence in the challenges countries face.
New IDB study estimates potential impact on cities and people in low-elevation coastal zones
BELIZE CITY, Belize – A new study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) estimates that 4.2 million people in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean and in the Pacific are living in areas that are prone to flooding due to rising sea levels.
A UK-funded PAHO project will make safer and greener health facilities in Dominica, Belize, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Lucia to deliver care in disasters.
Proyecto de la FAO apoyará la creación de una estrategia regional de gestión del virus para disminuir la población del mosquito que transmite la enfermedad.
2 de mayo de 2017, Santiago de Chile - La FAO trabajará con los países de América Latina y el Caribe para crear una estrategia regional para disminuir el impacto del virus Zika en la seguridad alimentaria de las zonas rurales.
Situation Summary in the Americas
Since epidemiological week (EW) 44 of 2016, no additional countries or territories of the Americas have confirmed autochthonous, vector-borne transmission of Zika virus disease. To date, 48 countries and territories in the Americas have confirmed autochthonous, vectorborne transmission of Zika virus disease since 2015, while five countries have reported sexually transmitted Zika cases (Figure 1).
BRIDGETOWN, 29 mar 2017 (IPS) - La Red de Monitoreo de Precipitaciones y Sequías del Caribe alertó a los países de esta región que las condiciones climáticas anormales que han experimentado en estos últimos años, y que causaron una de las peores sequías de las dos últimas décadas, continuarán este año.
Varios países del Caribe, en particular del este, registraron un febrero más seco de lo normal, y en algunos casos febrero y enero fueron relativamente secos, indicó la Red de Monitoreo, con sede en esta capital de Barbados.
By Desmond Brown
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Mar 28 2017 (IPS) - The Caribbean Drought & Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPMN) is warning countries in the region that the same abnormal climate conditions they have experienced over the last few years, which resulted in some of the worst drought in two decades, could continue this year.
Several Caribbean countries, particularly in the eastern Caribbean, experienced a drier than normal February, and in some cases both February and January were relatively dry, CDPMN said.
Author(s): Will Bugler and Olivia Palin
Will Bugler, Olivia Palin and Dr Ben Rabb, Acclimatise
Situation summary in the Americas
Since epidemiological week (EW) 44 of 2016, no additional countries or territories of the Americas have confirmed autochthonous, vector-borne transmission of Zika virus. To date, 48 countries and territories in the Americas have confirmed autochthonous, vector-borne transmission of Zika virus since 2015 (Figure 1). In addition, five countries in the Americas have reported sexually transmitted Zika cases.
Highlighted below is a summary of the epidemiological situation by sub-regions.
Countries, territories and subnational areas reporting vector-borne Zika virus (ZIKV) infections for the first time since 1 February: None
Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system malformations potentially associated with ZIKV infection for the first time since 1 February: Mexico, Saint Martin
Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome cases associated with ZIKV infection for the first time since 1 February: Curaçao, Trinidad and Tobago
This publication features 50 good practices, tools and initiatives that were supported under the 2015-2016 DIPECHO Action Plan. These contribute to the implementation of the Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) Strategy 2014-2024 and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. All initiatives in the publication are associated to one of the following four thematic focus areas:
Operation no. MDRDM002
Date of Issue: 01 March 2017
Glide number: TC-2015-000119-DMA
Date of disaster: 27 August 2015
Operation start date: 10 September 2015
Operation end date: 10 April 2016
Host National Society: Dominica Red Cross Society
Operation budget: 889,494 Swiss francs (CHF)
Number of people affected: 28,000
ROSEAU, Dominica, Mar 1 2017 (IPS) - When Tropical Storm Erika hit the tiny Caribbean island of Dominica on Aug. 27, 2015, it killed more than two dozen people, left nearly 600 homeless and wreaked damages totaling more than a billion dollars.
The storm dumped 15 inches of rain on the mountainous island, caused floods and mudslides and set the country back 20 years, according Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit. The island was inadequately prepared for a storm such as Erika. Many roads and bridges were simply not robust enough to withstand such high volumes of water.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies, through its Zika Operation and with technical support from the Reference Center for Institutional Disaster Preparedness (CREPD) and the Red Cross Caribbean Disaster Risk Management Reference Centre (CADRIM), held a 3-day regional meeting to revise the capacity building strategy that supports the response to the Zika outbreak.
Note: The Epidemiological Update publication schedule is being changed from bi-weekly to monthly until further notice. Accordingly, the next Zika-Epidemiological Update is scheduled for 9 March 2017.
Situation summary in the Americas
Resumen de la situación en las Américas
Desde la semana epidemiológica (SE) 44 de 2016 ningún nuevo país/territorio de las Américas confirmó transmisión autóctona vectorial de Zika. Se mantiene en 48 el número de países y territorios de las Américas que confirmaron casos autóctonos por transmisión vectorial de Zika1 y en cinco el número de países que notificaron casos de Zika transmitidos sexualmente2
A continuación, se presenta un resumen de la situación epidemiológica por sub regiones.
América del Norte
This revised Emergency Appeal seeks a total of some 7.51 million Swiss francs (decreased from 9.27 million Swiss francs) to enable the IFRC to support National Societies world-wide to respond to the global Zika virus outbreak, delivering assistance to 7 million people for 19 months, with a focus on 10 priority intervention areas, including health emergency risk management, preparedness, vector control, community based surveillance, community engagement and psychosocial support.