This 12-month report reflects progress against the objectives as well as a revised budget to reflect changes within budgetary lines. The Haiti Red Cross Society began responding to the Zika outbreak in April 2017 through support made available from USAID within this Emergency Appeal. Their work is coordinated from the IFRC Caribbean Cluster office and a revised budget supports their inclusion in this Operation. In addition, the appeal has been extended for an additional 4 months (ending on 31 December 2017).
KINGSTON, 11 ago 2017 (IPS) - La Oficina de Meteorología de Jamaica usa desde 2013 una herramienta de predicitibilidad climática para pronosticar sequías o lluvias por “debajo del promedio” en toda la isla como estrategia contra el cambio climático.
La herramienta le ha permitido a este país caribeño pronosticar de forma precisa varios períodos sin lluvias o de sequías, incluso el más destructivo de 2014, cuando se perdieron unos 1.000 millones de dólares en cultivos, que se pudrieron o se quemaron en incendios, causados por las excepcionales condiciones secas.
KINGSTON, Jamaica, Aug 7 2017 (IPS) - Since 2013, Jamaica’s Met Office has been using its Climate Predictability Tool (CPT) to forecast ‘below average’ rainfall or drought across the island. The tool has allowed this northern Caribbean island to accurately predict several dry periods and droughts, including its most destructive episode in 2014 when an estimated one billion dollars in agricultural losses were incurred due to crop failures and wild fires caused by the exceptionally dry conditions.
PART I: INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW
Why this Toolbox
Situation summary in the Americas
Since epidemiological week (EW) 44 of 2016, no additional countries or territories of the Americas have confirmed autochthonous, vector-borne transmission of Zika virus disease. To date, 48 countries and territories in the Americas have confirmed autochthonous, vectorborne transmission of Zika virus disease,while five countries have reported sexually transmitted Zika cases.
The following is a summary of the epidemiological situation by sub-regions.
• UNICEF is now implementing Care and Support activity for families affected by Congenital ZIKV Syndrome in Dominican Republic, Honduras, Guatemala, Brazil and Belize. To date 556 families across the region have benefited from non-clinical care and support interventions.
The United Nations (UN) is adapting its planning and programmes to better help Caribbean countries ensure that no one is left behind in their thrust to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
From Jamaica in the north, through the vibrant islands of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), to Guyana in the south, the Caribbean has demonstrated a wide variety of development achievements and considerable convergence in the challenges countries face.
HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE AMERICAS: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES AT A TIME OF REGRESSION
Amnesty International welcomes the XLVII General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) as a regional space in which dialogue is promoted between the different countries of the American hemisphere.
New IDB study estimates potential impact on cities and people in low-elevation coastal zones
BELIZE CITY, Belize – A new study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) estimates that 4.2 million people in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean and in the Pacific are living in areas that are prone to flooding due to rising sea levels.
By Tania Chambers, Jamaican Red Cross
In March 2017, the Jamaica Red Cross held a multi-stakeholder consultation with a view to identifying specific regulatory requirements that could strengthen the facilitation and regulation of incoming disaster assistance. Consultations were held with key state organizations such as ODPEM, the Office of the Prime Minister, Jamaica Customs and the Ministry of National Security.
A UK-funded PAHO project will make safer and greener health facilities in Dominica, Belize, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Lucia to deliver care in disasters.
UNICEF is working with partners to directly provide nonclinical care and support to 68 families with babies affected by Zika Congenital Syndrome in the Dominican Republic, and over 350 in Brazil.
Ministries of Health in the region such as in Honduras and Guatemala are reporting increased numbers of cases of Congenital ZIKV Syndrome. As a result of this UNICEF is working with partners to improve surveillance and detection mechanisms both for ZIKV and its consequences.
JAMAICA Earthquakes and Hurricanes RISK PROFILE
What is a country disaster risk profile?
An estimation of the potential economic losses to property caused by adverse natural hazards.
Country Disaster Risk Profile Applications
- Develop key baseline data
- Evaluate impact of disasters
- Promote and inform risk reduction
- Inform disaster risk financing
Situation summary in the Americas
To date, 48 countries and territories in the Americas have confirmed autochthonous, vector-borne transmission of Zika virus disease, while five countries have reported sexually transmitted Zika cases. Since epidemiological week (EW) 44 of 2016, no additional countries or territories of the Americas have confirmed autochthonous, vector-borne transmission of Zika virus disease.
NATURE OF EVENT
The Meteorological Service has advised that a Trough west of Jamaica has been influencing the weather conditions across the island since Saturday night. Satellite imagery and Radar reports indicated light to moderate showers across affected all parishes especially sections of central and eastern parishes throughout the night.
Current projections are for light to moderate and at times heavy showers, along with thunderstorms, to continue affecting sections of all parishes through to Thursday May 18, 2017.
The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is urging citizens to continue to be vigilant as the rainfall affecting sections of the island is expected to continue through-out the day. The Meteorological Service of Jamaica has advised that the Flash Flood Warning remains in effect for low-lying and flood prone areas of St. Mary, Portland, St. Thomas, Kingston, St. Andrew, St. Catherine, Clarendon, Manchester, St. Elizabeth and Westmoreland.
Formal remittances to developing countries were estimated to have exceeded USD 601 billion in 2015,6 an amount roughly three times larger than overseas development assistance (ODA). They provide a lifeline for some of the world’s most vulnerable and low income households, both by contributing to basic needs such as food, health care, education and housing, and by helping to manage external shocks and fluctuations in income.
Proyecto de la FAO apoyará la creación de una estrategia regional de gestión del virus para disminuir la población del mosquito que transmite la enfermedad.
2 de mayo de 2017, Santiago de Chile - La FAO trabajará con los países de América Latina y el Caribe para crear una estrategia regional para disminuir el impacto del virus Zika en la seguridad alimentaria de las zonas rurales.
• The Trough that affected the western Caribbean and brought sustained light to heavy rains to Jamaica since late last week, is expected to dissipate today.
• In the space of a few short days, a number of parishes have been affected by flooding and landslides, as a result of the extensive rains influenced by the Trough.
• In Clarendon alone Mr. Speaker, information from the National Meteorological Service is that almost 10 inches of rain was dumped on the parish in two days.