As of 30 April, global funding requirements to meet the needs of 89 million people across 39 countries through humanitarian response plans and appeals for 2016 amount to over US$20.3 billion. About $3.8 billion in funding has been received so far, leaving a shortfall of $16.5 billion. With the emergence of new humanitarian crises, global financial requirements have increased by around 2 per cent in the first trimester of the year.
The New Zealand government will continue to assist Fiji with rehabilitation works post Tropical Cyclone Winston.
Speaking to NZ based Radio Tarana Prime Minister John Key said they will continue with the financial assistance.
Key says this will probably be the single biggest event in the Pacific that NZ has assisted in so far.
By Makereta Komai in Frankfurt, Germany
Accessing US$31 million grant from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to climate proof Fiji’s water supply and wastewater system project has been described a ‘precedent’ for other climate vulnerable countries that will seek funding support for water related projects.
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.
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.
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.
The following syndromes have been flagged:
· Diarrhoea: Fiji, Palau, Tokelau, Wallis & Futuna
· Influenza-like Illness: American Samoa, New Caledonia
· Prolonged fever: American Samoa
Suva, 28 April 2016
As momentum builds ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Fiji businesses have agreed to join forces with the Government, United Nations and civil society organizations to establish the Fiji Business Disaster Resilience Council.
“Tropical Cyclone Winston has clearly demonstrated that businesses are both an integral part of communities impacted by disaster and are major contributors to response and recovery in those communities,” Howard Politini, Vice Chair of the Pacific Island Private Sector Organisation, said.
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
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.
Les syndromes suivants ont été signalés :
Maladies diarrhéiques : Niue, Tokelau
Syndrome grippal : Samoa américaines, Tokelau, Nouvelle-Calédonie
Autres relevés :
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.
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.
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.