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18 Aug 2017 description

Suva, Fiji 18 August 2017

Every year on 19 August, World Humanitarian Day brings the world together to rally support for people affected by humanitarian crisis and pay tribute to humanitarian workers who help them. World Humanitarian Day is a day dedicated to recognize humanitarian personnel and those who have lost their lives working for humanitarian causes. It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly as part of a Swedishsponsored GA Resolution A/63/L.49.

18 Aug 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash:Kiribati, Nauru, Solomon Islands
  • Prolonged fever: Kiribati

Other updates

Influenza

  • Australia is experiencing its worst ever flu season. There have been more than 70,000 cases reported. Experts are advising individuals to get immunized, if they have not been, to help prevent further cases. Source: Media
14 Aug 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Acute Fever and Rash:Federated States of Micronesia, French Polynesia

Other updates

Influenza A(H7N9) – human infection

  • On 11, 14 and 21 July 2017 the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China notified WHO of three individual laboratory- confirmed cases of human infection with avian Infleunza A(H7N9) virus in China. All three cases reported to have exposure to a live poultry market. Source: WHO
13 Aug 2017 description
report Government of Fiji

11 August 2017, Indonesia: Fiji and Indonesia have signed a Plan of Action on Disaster Management Cooperation that will see the two countries exchange cooperation in the areas of disaster preparedness, management and response.

Fiji’s Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management permanent secretary Mr Meleti Bainimarama signed the cooperation with Indonesia’s Disaster Management secretary general, Mr Dody Ruswandi.

12 Aug 2017 description

Today I announce two new initiatives to combat disease and improve nutrition in the Pacific.

The Australian Government will invest $7.7 million in innovative pilot programs targeting mosquito-borne diseases in Fiji, Vanuatu and Kiribati. Dengue is an insidious virus that emerges quickly when the conditions are right and in its severe form, it can be fatal. In Fiji, Vanuatu and Kiribati, over 30,000 people have been infected in the last decade.

10 Aug 2017 description

"As a major responsible developing country, China will continue to work steadfastly to implement the Paris climate deal and join hands with all parties to tackle climate change" - HE Wang Xuefeng, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Samoa.

Continued support from the People's Republic of China for the work of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) was further emphasised this week with the presentation of USD 150,000 to SPREP.

10 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Schools recognized for ensuring water and sanitation facilities are working, accessible and for encouraging healthy hygiene habits even after disasters

SUVA, 9 August 2017 –Seventeen schools in the Western Division of Fiji were recognized today for ensuring children have access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) facilities in their learning environment.

09 Aug 2017 description
report European Union

Suva, Fiji – The Director-General of the Pacific Community (SPC), Dr Colin Tukuitonga and the European Union (EU) Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific, H.E Andrew Jacobs today handed over equipment valued at approximately F$300,000 to the Fiji Ministry of Agriculture on behalf of the SPC-EU “Improving Key Services to Agriculture” (IKSA) project.

04 Aug 2017 description

The Asia-Pacific region is one of the most disaster-prone areas in the world, with frequently occurring natural disasters including earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical storms, flooding, landslides and volcanic eruptions affecting millions of people every year.

02 Aug 2017 description

Editorial

Talofa from SPREP!

July was a busy month in the climate change calendar, and it was also a month when new scientific evidence was brought to the attention of Pacific Leaders during the Fiji Climate Change Champion’s meeting in Suva.

31 Jul 2017 description

Trafficking in persons, also known as modern slavery or human trafficking, is a crime involving the exploitation of someone for the purposes of compelled labor or a commercial sex act through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Where a person younger than 18 is induced to perform a commercial sex act, it is a crime regardless of whether there is any force, fraud, or coercion. Victims can be anyone from around the world or right next door: women and men, adults and children, citizens and noncitizens alike.

31 Jul 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Solomon Islands
  • Prolonged fever: Marshall Islands

Other updates

Meningococcal disease

28 Jul 2017 description

Project Management

ProCap aims to strengthen the collaborative response of protection agencies and non-protection mandated organisations. To do this, it deploys senior personnel with proven protection expertise at field, regional and global operations and trains mid-level protection staff from standby partners and humanitarian organisations. The Project objectives and activities are guided by the 2014-2016 ProCap Strategy.

Project Governance / Management

28 Jul 2017 description

Background

Launched in 2005, ProCap aims to enhance the humanitarian system’s protection response through the deployment of Senior Protection Advisers and the delivery of inter-agency protection capacity trainings. The strategic direction of the project is reviewed regularly to ensure that it responds to changing needs and gaps within the international humanitarian response. An external evaluation in 2007, a Strategic Review in 2009, and an external evaluation in 2011 all confirmed the continued relevance of the project.

27 Jul 2017 description
report CARE

Since the year 2000, disasters have been responsible for the loss of one million lives.

As one of the world’s largest humanitarian aid organisations, CARE is one of the first to respond and the last to leave when disaster strikes. But there’s also a lot of work that we do preparing communities for disaster, to reduce their impact.

24 Jul 2017 description

Our Pacific Journey to UNFCCC COP23, Message from SPREP Director General, Mr Kosi Latu.

The Director General of SPREP attended the African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) Pacific and European Union joint parliamentary session this week in Port Vila Vanuatu. Mr Latu presented a perspective on the 'Need for Accelerated Climate Change Action' at the 14th Regional Meeting (Pacific Region) of the ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly, 19 – 21 July, Vanuatu. Calling for support to be scaled up in the Pacific, this was his message.