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09 Dec 2016 description

PDC is responding to the recent M6.9 earthquake reported to have occurred 90KM WSW of Kirakira, Solomon Islands at 19:10 UTC on 09 December 2016. (U.S. Geological Survey) and Tsunami Threat. Attached is a PDC Situational Awareness Product depicting the reported epicenter and Tsunami Travel Times from the source to coastal locations. Please see below for additional information, as well as monitor DisasterAWARE for further updates.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) has issued a Tsunami Threat message stating

08 Dec 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Diarrhoea: Federate States of Micronesia

· Influenza-like illness: American Samoa

Other updates:

Dengue

· Vanuatu- As of 8 December there have been thirty (30) suspected cases. Source: Vanuatu Ministry of Health.

Zika

· American Samoa: As o 1 December 2016; there have been 1,004 suspected cases of which 58 are laboratory confirmed, since 1 January 2016. Of these confirmed cases; 33 are pregnant women. The weekly number of cases is decreasing.

07 Dec 2016 description

For the very first time, the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) has been officially activated to support emergency preparedness activities. The request for activation and inclusion of the ETC in the list of Pacific Humanitarian Team clusters was endorsed by the Emergency Relief Coordinator on 30 November, with the World Food Programme (WFP) as nominated lead.

05 Dec 2016 description

Executive Summary

For 2017, humanitarian partners will require $22.2 billion to meet the needs of 92.8 million people in 33 countries. The initial appeal for 2016 stood at $20.1 billion to meet the needs of 87.6 million people in 37 countries. This is in stark contrast to the $2.7 billion called for in the first six inter-agency humanitarian appeals launched in 1992. The last quarter century has seen an overwhelming shift in frequency, scale and magnitude of humanitarian emergencies.

04 Dec 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Rosangela Berman-Bieler

“We mark this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities in the wake of the adoption of the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  This global blueprint for action summons us to “leave no one behind”.  _Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon_

01 Dec 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Guam

· Influenza-like illness: American Samoa

· Prolonged fever: Solomon Islands

Other updates:

Dengue

· Vanuatu- As of 30 November there have been 10 suspected cases of which 7 tested NS1 or IgM positive with the Standard Diagnostic’s Dengue Duo rapid diagnostic test (RDT). Samples have been sent to the Institute of Environmental Science and Research laboratory , New Zealand for confirmatory testing. Source: Vanuatu Ministry of Health.

24 Nov 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Tonga

· Influenza-like illness: American Samoa, FSM, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu

Other updates:

Dengue

17 Nov 2016 description

KEY UPDATES

 Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:

o None

 Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:

o Argentina and Guadeloupe

 Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) cases associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:

o None

17 Nov 2016 description

Another delivery of kiwifruit is being made to schools in Fiji where fruit has been in short supply in some areas following Cyclone Winston.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

17 Nov 2016 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

· Acute Fever and Rash: Northern Marianna Islands · Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Tonga · Prolonged fever: Palau, Solomon Islands

Other update:

Solomon Islands

· A total of 2, 760 cases were of suspected cases have been reported in Honiara, Guadalcanal, Malaita, Isabel, Choiseul, Makira & Temotu (528 cases since the last report) from epidemiological week 33-44 (15 August -6 November).

16 Nov 2016 description

First edition of the Pacific Ecosystem-based Adaptation to Climate Change (PEBACC) Newsletter:

New guidelines for environmental impact assessment (EIA) were launched at the twenty-seventh annual SPREP meeting in Niue this week. In the wake of increasing development in sectors such as tourism, land mining, energy and transport, and with novel forms of development on the horizon, like deep sea mining, Pacific island countries have called for stronger EIA systems and further EIA capacity-building.

15 Nov 2016 description

Atlanta, Nov. 13, 2016 (PAHO/WHO) – The fight against the Zika virus “is not a hundred-meter race. This is a marathon in which science and public health need to work hand in hand,” Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, director of the Pan American Health Organization, told delegates at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene today.

14 Nov 2016 description

Nouveau record en vue: 2016 devrait être encore plus chaude que 2015

Tout semble indiquer que 2016 sera l’année la plus chaude qui ait été observée depuis le début des relevés et que la température moyenne sera même supérieure au record établi en 2015. Selon les données provisoires dont dispose l’Organisation météorologique mondiale (OMM), la température moyenne en 2016 devrait être supérieure d’environ 1,2 °Celsius à ce qu’elle était à l’époque préindustrielle.

14 Nov 2016 description

2016 is set to break even the temperature records of 2015.

It is very likely that 2016 will be the hottest year on record, with global temperatures even higher than the record-breaking temperatures in 2015. Preliminary data shows that 2016’s global temperatures are approximately 1.2° Celsius above pre-industrial levels, according to an assessment by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

12 Nov 2016 description

Purpose

In Fiji, the Shelter Cluster is led by the Government of the Fiji Ministry of Local Government, Housing & Environment, and co-led by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

The purpose of this document is to capture the key lessons of the shelter cluster response to Tropical Cyclone Winston. These lessons intended to inform the future development of the shelter cluster in Fiji.

11 Nov 2016 description

Week 44, ending 6 November 2016

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), French Polynesia, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga

  • Influenza-like illness: Vanuatu

  • Prolonged fever: FSM

Other updates

Dengue fever

  • Niue confirms a dengue RDT positive case (NS1 Ag+ve) in a returned traveller from the Solomon Islands. For further details please refer to PacNet posting earlier today.

10 Nov 2016 description

KEY UPDATES

 Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:

o Montserrat, Palau

 Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:

o None

 Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) cases associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:

o None