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29 May 2017 description

Kiribati will use its trust funds to address a shortage of fresh water and coastal damage because, according to the president, it can't waste time.

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26 May 2017 description

by Sophie Hares | @SophieHares | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Friday, 26 May 2017 08:25 GMT

"But the underlying issue is the money - our public resources are not sufficient to address these climatic issues"

By Sophie Hares

CANCUN, Mexico, May 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Pacific island nation of Kiribati is in dire need of aid as drought pushes it closer to declaring a state of emergency and it struggles with rising seas and other effects of climate change which could cost "billions", said President Taneti Mamau.

26 May 2017 description

WHY A REGIONAL FOCUS MODEL?

A key challenge faced by humanitarian agencies is how to ensure that limited available resources are allocated where they are most needed and are efficiently delivered in a principled manner. Decisions to allocate resources must strike a balance between meeting the immediate needs of crisis affected communities and supporting efforts to strengthen resilience and response preparedness to future emergencies.

22 May 2017 description

By Jonathan Fowler

CANCUN, Mexico, 22 May 2017 – For island nations on the frontline of climate change and a swathe of natural hazards, the issue of whether communities should give up the battle and leave is never far away.

Meeting on the eve of the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun, Mexico, representatives of the world’s Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have come together to exchange lessons and spotlight the challenges that they face.

11 May 2017 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

• Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)

Other updates:

Dengue

• New Caledonia: As of 3 May 2017, there have been 3,429 cases since 1 September 2016. Dengue serotype 1, 2 and 3 are in circulation. Source: Direction des affaires sanitaires et sociales de Nouvelle-Calédonie.

• Vanuatu: dengue serotype-2 outbreak appears to be slowing down with 2,838 cases as of 4 May 2017, including 147 (5%) hospitalisations (since Nov 2016). The weekly number of cases is decreasing. Source: Vanuatu MoH

02 May 2017 description

Editorial

Climate Change Matters in this edition celebrates the handing over of the Pacific Greenhouse Gas abatement Programme through renewable Energy (PiGGarEP) projects in Palau and tuvalu. the excellent outcomes from both Palau and tuvalu need to be replicated in other communities and in remote outer islands. it’s at these times that we ask ourselves - “is the pilot approach to building resiliency in the Pacific the best approach? What happens to the many communities and outer islands with similar issues? do they need the same interventions?”.

02 May 2017 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

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

· Influenza-like illness: FSM, Kiribati, Niue

Other updates:

Dengue

07 Apr 2017 description

Les syndromes suivants ont été signalés :

Maladies diarrhéiques : États fédérés de Micronésie, Tonga

Syndrome grippal : Vanuatu Fièvre prolongée : Fidji

Autres relevés :

Oreillons

06 Apr 2017 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

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

· Influenza-like illness: Vanuatu

· Prolonged fever: Fiji

Other updates:

Mumps

31 Mar 2017 description

Les syndromes suivants ont été signalés :

Maladies diarrhéiques : États fédérés de Micronésie, Tonga

Syndrome grippal : États fédérés de Micronésie, Vanuatu

Fièvre prolongée : Fidji, Kiribati

Autres relevés :

Oreillons

30 Mar 2017 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

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

· Influenza-like illness: FSM, Vanuatu · Prolonged fever: Fiji, Kiribati

Other updates:

Mumps

24 Mar 2017 description

Les syndromes suivants ont été signalés :

Maladies diarrhéiques : États fédérés de Micronésie, Tonga

Autres relevés :

Dengue

23 Mar 2017 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

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

Other updates:

Dengue

20 Mar 2017 description
report World Bank

March 21, 2017

Rainwater harvesting systems can provide safer and more reliable access to water for many people in Kiribati. This is just one of the activities being rolled out through the Kiribati Adaptation Program to help local communities better prepare themselves for the impacts of climate change.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Kiribati is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to the effects of climate change and sea level rise.

16 Mar 2017 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

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

· Influenza-like illness: Solomon Islands, Vanuatu

· Prolonged fever: Tuvalu

Other updates:

Dengue

· American Samoa has declared a public health emergency following the confirmation of dengue serotype-2 by the Hawaii State laboratory. As of March 9 2017 there have been 179 suspected cases of which 8 were laboratory confirmed cases since 2 November 2017. Source: American Samoa Department of Health.

15 Mar 2017 description
report Government of Tonga

The implementation of eco-system based reduction and adaptation approaches that includes biodiversity should help Pacific countries reduce the increasing incidence and severity of disasters that is leaving more people vulnerable each year in the region.

That was something participants at the “Ecosystem Services for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction – a ‘win-win’ situation” workshop in Nadi, Fiji learned last week.

13 Mar 2017 description

MYANMAR

As a result of attacks on security and civilian targets by the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army in Laukkai (Kokang Self-Administered Zone) on 6 March, media sources reported that up to 20,000 people are estimated to have fled across the border into China. At least 30 people, including five civilians, were reportedly killed in the violence. Thousands of migrant workers from other parts of Myanmar have also fled the Laukkai area and are returning home.

20,000 people estimated to have crossed into China

INDONESIA