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29 Apr 2016 description
report Caritas

From remote hillside settlements where families continue to huddle together in a single house, to a village having to manage the devastation in isolation because of a disease quarantine, the effects of Cyclone Winston are still fresh for many in Fiji.

Travelling around Viti Levu with our partners from the Archdiocese of Suva’s Commission for Justice and Development (CJD), we were able to see the full extent of the impact on people’s lives and grasp the enormity of the situation. Young and old, men and women have been traumatised by this disaster and are still in need.

28 Apr 2016 description

ZIKA VIRUS DISEASE, MICROCEPHALY AND GUILLAIN-BARRÉ SYNDROME

 As of 27 April, 55 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmission; for 42 countries this is their first documented Zika virus outbreak (Fig. 1).

 Mosquito-borne transmission (Table 1):

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

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

28 Apr 2016 description

This revised Emergency Appeal seeks 7,093,143 Swiss francs (increased from 7m Swiss francs) to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Fiji Red Cross Society (FRCS) to deliver assistance and support to some 50,000 people (increased from 38,500 people) for 12 months. The beneficiary population has increased mainly due to changes in the sectors of shelter and settlements; health; water, sanitation and hygiene promotion (WASH); and livelihoods.

28 Apr 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Diarrhoea: Fiji, Palau, Tokelau, Wallis & Futuna

· Influenza-like Illness: American Samoa, New Caledonia

· Prolonged fever: American Samoa

Other updates:

Chikungunya

26 Apr 2016 description

Climate change heightens Pacific island countries’ vulnerability, according to a new report by WHO

Ensuring a health-in-all-policies approach, health considerations should be incorporated into national policies and plans relevant to climate change

25 Apr 2016 description

Background and purpose

The impact of the 2015‒2016 El Niño weather phenomenon has been one of the most intense and widespread in the past one hundred years. The agriculture, food security and nutritional status of 60 million people around the globe is affected by El Niño-related droughts, floods and extreme hot and cold weather. While the El Niño itself has passed its peak and is now declining, its impact is still growing. Harvests in several parts of the world have already failed and are forecast to fail in other areas.

25 Apr 2016 description

Les syndromes suivants ont été signalés :

  • Maladies diarrhéiques : Niue, Tokelau

  • Syndrome grippal : Samoa américaines, Tokelau, Nouvelle-Calédonie

Autres relevés :

Chikungunya

23 Apr 2016 description

The ADB program in Fiji has provided loans, grants and technical assistance to grow the country’s economy and improve the lives of people, particularly the poor, women, children and other vulnerable groups.

ADB has provided Fiji with $420 million in loans, $2 million in grants, and $32 million in technical assistance since they started working together in 1970.

22 Apr 2016 description

By Salote Maramaciriciri, Fiji Red Cross

As Fiji Red Cross staff reach more and more remote villages, providing psychosocial support to those affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston, stories of survival are emerging amongst the rubble.

The tale of 49-year-old grandmother Kelera Leba Nakena is just one of many lucky escapes the Red Cross teams have heard about while talking to survivors of the category 5 cyclone.

22 Apr 2016 description

For the past year, islands across the Pacific have been coping with the impacts of changed El Niño weather patterns which have caused drought and a longer, more intense cyclone season. Strong early advocacy by the Pacific Humanitarian Team on the risks facing the region helped prompt national efforts to prepare for El Niño’s arrival.

22 Apr 2016 description

Sally Round

Up to two people in each village in Fiji are in a desperate psychological state, say counsellors helping people recover after Cyclone Winston.

Read the full story here.

22 Apr 2016 description
report Inter Press Service

By Ahmed Sareer

Apr 21 2016 (IPS) - The Paris Climate Change Treaty represents an historic step forward in the international effort to address the crisis. The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) played a key role in its adoption and were instrumental in winning the inclusion of the 1.5-degree temperature goal.

22 Apr 2016 description
report Caritas Australia

By Stephanie Lalor, Pacific Program Manager

On Saturday 12th of March I travelled with members of the Archdiocesan Disaster Relief Team to visit affected communities hit hard by Tropical Cyclone Winston – regarded to be the worst cyclone experienced in the Southern Hemisphere so far.

Scenes of Armageddon

As we travelled out of Suva, to the north of Viti Levu the main island of Fiji, we started to see some minor damage to houses and trees. However, the further north we got, the more devastating the picture on the ground became.

22 Apr 2016 description

FUNDING RECEIVED

14.7 million received (US$) through the

Flash Appeal Flash Appeal 38% Funded

Key Facts

• On 20 and 21 Feb, Cat 5 Tropical Cyclone Winston hit Fiji.

• Winston was the strongest cyclone to make landfall in the Pacific.

• Whole villages were destroyed on the hardest hit outer islands.

• 350,000 people or 40 per cent of the population are affected.

• 31,200 houses were damaged or destroyed • 250,000 affected people were left without access to safe water

21 Apr 2016 description

SUMMARY

From 1 January 2007 to 20 April 2016, Zika virus transmission was documented in a total of 66 countries and territories.

Mosquito-borne transmission:

  • 42 countries are experiencing a first outbreak of Zika virus since 2015, with no previous evidence of circulation, and with ongoing transmission by mosquitos.

  • 17 countries have reported evidence of Zika virus transmission prior to 2015, with or without ongoing transmission or have reported an outbreak since 2015 that is now over.

21 Apr 2016 description
report UN Women

by Aleta Miller

A Category 5 cyclone pulls root crops out of the ground long enough to fill the holes beneath them with water so that whatever hasn’t been scattered rots; it sends flash floods and storm surges roaring through villages, sweeping away people and their belongings; it turns villages into piles of debris and roofing iron into a deadly weapon.