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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.

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

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).

15 Nov 2016 description

This study maps out the major weaknesses of each fragile situation on the latest country performance assessment exercises and identifies overall common issues that need special attention.

26 Oct 2016 description

SUVA, 26 October 2016 – Pacific countries have pledged to step up efforts to deal with the challenge posed by climate change and the threat of disasters, in order to ensure that their development is sustainable.

In a joint declaration wrapping up the three-day Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management, hosted by Fiji, the 17 countries reaffirmed their commitment to build a stronger and more resilient region in the face of rising climate impacts.

13 Oct 2016 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

· Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia

· Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Tonga

· Influenza-like illness: FSM, Guam, Niue.

Other updates:

Dengue

· Solomon Islands continues to report Dengue-like illness cases. There were 56 cases for week ending 2 October 2016. Samples have been sent to a reference laboratory for confirmatory testing and serotyping. Results are pending. Source: Solomon Islands Ministry of Health & Medical Services.

12 Oct 2016 description

Recurrent earthquakes, floods, typhoons, and volcanoes present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region. Some countries also face civil unrest and associated humanitarian impacts, as well as limited government capacity to respond to disasters. Between FY 2007 and FY 2016, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/ OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/ FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of natural and complex emergencies in the region.

05 Oct 2016 description

The use of Cash Transfer Programming (CTP) to provide humanitarian assistance so that people may access the goods and services they need before, during and following a crisis has been gaining momentum over the past decade.

Despite the considerable use of cash and vouchers by government and non-state actors in major emergencies in Asia, the use of CTP in humanitarian response in the South Pacific islands has been relatively small-scale, and limited to only a few countries.

03 Oct 2016 description

The latest Caritas State of the Environment Report for Oceania has found widespread hunger and thirst across the Pacific in 2015/2016. The report Hungry for justice, thirsty for change shows extreme weather events, combined with ongoing climatic changes, are contributing to a severe loss of food and water supplies in the region.

26 Sep 2016 description

The executive director of the Catholic aid agency Caritas, Julianne Hickey, who is on Tarawa, says the country is currently very dry as conditions oscillate towards a possible La Niña.

Read the story at Radio New Zealand.