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Donors commended for response to national dengue cases

The Minister for Health, Dr Neil Sharma this week acknowledged and thanked various donor agencies for their support and assistance towards the Fijian Government’s response to recent dengue fever cases.

“I would like to thank you for your support in whatever form it has been and we look forward to your continued assistance so that our midterm and long term arrangements could be that people receive a better quality of life in Fiji and region”, Minister Sharma told representatives from various agencies including diplomats.

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Dengue in the Pacific Region Information Bulletin n°1

This bulletin is being issued for information only and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is not seeking funding or other assistance from donors for this operation

The Situation

The IFRC’s recently launched advocacy campaign ‘Dengue: Turning up the volume on a silent disaster’ is very timely for the Pacific, where a number of countries have been experiencing increased dengue activity or outbreaks.

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Accord 25 - Legitimacy and peace processes: from coercion to consent

This 25th publication in Conciliation Resources’ Accord series explores the relationship between peace processes and legitimacy. Using first-hand case studies and expert analyses, it maps the perspectives and experiences of a range of actors engaged in processes of transition out of violent conflict – “from coercion to consent”. In the spirit of the Accord series, the various insights presented in the publication hope to inform and inspire better peacebuilding policy and practice by sharing real experiences of endeavour and innovation.

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World Health Day - Australia combating vector borne diseases in the Pacific

April 7 marks World Health Day. This year, World Health Day draws attention to the serious and increasing threat of vector-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue, lyme disease and yellow fever. This year’s theme—‘Small bite, big threat’—indicates the threats posed by mosquitos, flies, ticks, water snails and other vectors.

Every year over 1 billion people are infected and more than 1 million die from vector-borne diseases—more than half the world’s population is at risk.

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Education Ministry reminds schools to maintain clean environment

The Ministry of Education is reminding schools around the country to maintain a clean and hygienic environment to avoid any diseases including dengue fever.

At the close of the recent National Clean Up Campaign, the Ministry’s permanent secretary Dr Brij Lal highlighted that despite the close of the cleaning campaign as a response to dengue fever cases in the country, schools should maintain clean surroundings as a proactive approach.

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Ban praises small islands’ commitment to address climate change

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2 April 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised the commitment by small islands in the Pacific to low-carbon development and urged them to continue their ambitious efforts to combat climate change and spur other nations to come to a binding agreement on this issue next year.

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Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 25 - 31 March 2014

In Vanuatu, 11 fatalities have been confirmed after flash floods and landslides. In Sri Lanka, drought affecting 247,000 families prompts preparations for a needs assessment.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Fijians reminded on importance of cleanliness in anti-dengue campaign

The close of Fiji’s “National Clean Up Campaign” has proven a success with dengue fever hot spots recording a reduction in cases. After cleaning up for four Saturdays, the campaign culminated today with 151 tonnes of containers or receptacles that might have been the breeding ground for dengue carrying mosquito collected by over 4700 participants. Despite the close of this campaign, Fijians are still being reminded to continuously maintain clean surroundings to ensure that mosquitoes don’t breed in these areas.

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Navua schools to close due to flooding

The Ministry of Education has announced that all schools in Navua will close due to flooding in most low lying parts.

The Ministry is reminding school heads in Navua to ensure that students are provided the necessary assistance when travelling back to their homes.

Authorities including parents are reminded to monitor the movements of the students outside school premises and to ensure that all students return home safely.

The Ministry will advise on the date for students to return to school.

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US Government Launches Grant Program to Support Climate Change Initiatives in the Pacific Islands Region

The U.S. Government today launched the five-year Pacific-American Climate Fund in Suva to help communities in Pacific Island countries adapt to effects of climate change.

The US$24-million (approx. FJ$44 million) grant program will provide grants to qualifying civil society organizations (CSOs) which will implement climate change adaptation activities in twelve countries in the Pacific: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI), Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

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Dengue Situation Update, 25 March 2014

Regional dengue activity is variable. Australia, Malaysia and Singapore have been experiencing a greater number of reported cases in 2014 compared to 2013, for the same time period. The recent trend continued to decrease in Cambodia, Lao PDR, New Caledonia, Philippines and Viet Nam.

Malaysia is experiencing an outbreak of dengue. Dengue activity in 2014 is more than 4 times higher than 2013, for the same time period.

Singapore is experiencing an increased level of dengue activity. Dengue activity in 2014 is 1.2 times higher than 2013, for the same time period.

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Dengue fever numbers expected to rise in Fiji

The Fiji government says it expects a surge in the number of people affected by dengue fever over the coming weeks because of new testing systems it has adopted.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

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Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 18 - 24 March 2014

There were 12 deaths and 15,446 suspected cases of dengue fever as the outbreak has now spread to all divisions of Fiji. In Vanuatu, there is increased relief response to TC Lusi.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Australian health assistance to boost Fiji’s dengue response

A donation of $1.25 million by the Australian Government will boost the efforts of the Fijian Government as it continues to address dengue fever cases in the country.

Fiji’s Health Minister Dr Neil Sharma said this timely assistance will now be channelled through the Fiji Health Sector Program which is an Australian-funded program.

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Civil servants get together for national dengue clean-up campaign

The third Saturday of the National Dengue Clean-Up campaign saw yet another good turn-out of civil servants cleaning various targeted areas in the Lami – Nausori corridor today.

Director DISMAC, Manasa Tagicakibau led staff of the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development in cleaning up Kalabu Industrial Tax Free zone and Valelevu area.

Mr Tagicakibau said the amount of tyres, unwanted water containers and other rubbish collected indicates that some people do not take the importance of cleaning up their surroundings seriously.

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Clinical training to strengthen Fiji's response to dengue cases

In a bid to collectively address the dengue situation in Fiji, the Ministry of Health with the assistance of the World Health Organisation carried out an intensive training program on strengthening clinical response to dengue cases in the country.

While the training program is designed to strengthen current methods used to address dengue fever, similar guidelines put forward by the World Health Organisation and the Centre for Disease in Puerto Rico will boost the response mechanisms currently in place.

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Fiji dengue outbreak expected to affect 24,000 people

Fiji's Ministry of Health says up to 24,000 people in the country will experience dengue fever during the current outbreak, the worst recorded since 1975.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

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Fiji welcomes Australian financial assistance to address dengue fever

Fiji’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ratu Inoke Kubuabola has welcomed Australia’s assistance to combat the dengue fever situation in the country.

Australia’s Foreign Minister Hon Julie Bishop today announced the Australian Government’s financial pledge of AUD$750,000 to help address the dengue fever situation in the country.