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24 Jun 2016 description

Anote Tong, former President of the Republic of Kiribati

Climate change poses the most significant moral challenge to the global community and an existential threat to the future of many communities worldwide. With the projected rise in sea levels by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of up to one metre within the century, the most vulnerable coastal communities and low-lying island states — several of which are in Pacific — face the real possibility of their islands and communities being submerged well within the next hundred years.

24 Jun 2016 description

Les syndromes suivants ont été signalés :

  • Maladies diarrhéiques : Fidji, Vanuatu

  • Syndrome grippal : États fédérés de Micronésie

  • Fièvre prolongée : Îles Salomon

Autres relevés :

Chikungunya

23 Jun 2016 description

 As of 22 June 2016, 61 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmission (Fig. 1) of which:

 47 countries are experiencing a first outbreak of Zika virus since 2015, with no previous evidence of circulation, and with ongoing transmission by mosquitos (Table 1).

 14 countries reported evidence of Zika virus transmission between 2007 and 2014, with ongoing transmission.

23 Jun 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Diarrhoea: Fiji, Vanuatu

· Influenza-like Illness: Federated States of Micronesia

· Prolonged fever: Solomon Islands

Other updates:

Chikungunya

· One imported case with travel history to Fiji reported by New Zealand ESR, (Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd) for the period 11/06/16–17/06/16. From 20 February to 17 June 2016 there have been 10 imported cases with travel history to Fiji reported by New Zealand ESR.

Yellow Fever

23 Jun 2016 description

About a thousand market vendors in Fiji have been given seeds, tools and fertiliser to help replant their crops following Cyclone Winston.

The supplies have been provided through the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation and UN Women.

Read the full story on Radio New Zealand International

22 Jun 2016 description
report Government of Fiji

Intensifying the rebuilding effort after Tropical Cyclone Winston and developing enduring climate-change mitigation measures will be the top priorities in a Budget that will also foster a continuation of Fiji’s broad-based growth and target assistance towards the disadvantaged, according to the Attorney General and Minister for Finance, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

22 Jun 2016 description
report Government of Fiji

The Indian Government yesterday contributed an additional FJD$2, million towards the Prime Minister’s National Disaster Relief Fund.

India’s High Commissioner to Fiji His Excellency Vishvas Sapkal presented a cheque to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during a meeting at the Prime Minister's office.

H.E Sapkal said this additional donation will assist those Fijians that have been affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

22 Jun 2016 description
report World Bank

Regional partnership to better prepare for natural disasters

FIJI, June 21, 2016 – Delegates from the Pacific region came together today to officially launch the Pacific Resilience Program (PREP) – a series of projects to strengthen Pacific Island countries’ resilience to natural disasters and climate change.

21 Jun 2016 description
report Government of Fiji

Fiji’s efforts to build its resilience to climate change in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Winston has been the common focus of talks between the Attorney General and Minister for Finance, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, and the envoys of India and the Netherlands.

The new Indian High Commissioner to Fiji, His Excellency Vishvas Sapkal, said India was willing to step up its assistance to Fiji beyond that already offered in the immediate aftermath of Cyclone Winston, which included a $US 1-million donation to be allocated at the Government’s discretion.

21 Jun 2016 description

What is El Niño?

El Niño is the warming of sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific, which occurs roughly every two to seven years, lasting from six to 24 months.

20 Jun 2016 description

Les syndromes suivants ont été signalés :

Fièvre éruptive : Tokelau Maladies diarrhéiques : Fidji, Vanuatu Syndrome grippal : Samoa américaines, Tonga, Tuvalu Fièvre prolongée : Îles Salomon

Autres relevés :

Troisième réunion du Comité d’urgence du RSI concernant le virus Zika

Le Comité s’est réuni le 14 juin 2016. L’infection à virus Zika, ainsi que les malformations congénitales et troubles neurologiques qui lui sont associés, constituent toujours une urgence de santé publique de portée internationale.

17 Jun 2016 description
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17 June 2016 – The World Health Organization (WHO)/the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and partners have set out their strategic response to Zika which will place a greater focus on preventing and managing medical complications caused by Zika virus infection. To date, US$121.9 million are necessary to effectively implement the Zika Strategic Response Plan, July 2016 to December 2017.

17 Jun 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

Shelter Cluster partners with the Government of Fiji have distributed over 27,600 households worth of emergency shelter, including tents, tarpaulins, shelter kits and shelter tool kits, and have distributed over 50,000 shelter items in total over the Flash Appeal period. Residual emergency shelter gaps have been identified but cluster partners have indicated that they have, or may have, the capacity to respond. A three day “Training the Trainers” pilot technical training program was run by Shelter Cluster in early May.

17 Jun 2016 description

Situation

Category 5 Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston, the most severe ever recorded in the South Pacific, hit Fiji on 20 and 21 February. 44 people have been confirmed dead as a result of the cyclone and over 62,000 people were evacuated in close to 900 evacuation centres. The government declared a State of Natural Disaster for 30 days and officially requested international assistance. Nearly 350,000 people are living in the cyclone’s path were affected.

16 Jun 2016 description

 The third meeting of the Emergency Committee (EC) convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) regarding microcephaly, other neurological disorders and Zika virus was held by teleconference on 14 June 20161. The committee concurred with the international scientific consensus that Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and GBS, and, consequently, that Zika virus infection and its associated congenital and other neurological disorders is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

16 Jun 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Acute Fever and Rash: Tokelau

· Diarrhoea: Fiji, Vanuatu

· Influenza-like Illness: American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu

· Prolonged fever: Solomon Islands

Other updates:

Third International Health Regulation Emergency Committee meeting on Zika