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18 Aug 2017 description

Suva, Fiji 18 August 2017

Every year on 19 August, World Humanitarian Day brings the world together to rally support for people affected by humanitarian crisis and pay tribute to humanitarian workers who help them. World Humanitarian Day is a day dedicated to recognize humanitarian personnel and those who have lost their lives working for humanitarian causes. It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly as part of a Swedishsponsored GA Resolution A/63/L.49.

18 Aug 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash:Kiribati, Nauru, Solomon Islands
  • Prolonged fever: Kiribati

Other updates

Influenza

  • Australia is experiencing its worst ever flu season. There have been more than 70,000 cases reported. Experts are advising individuals to get immunized, if they have not been, to help prevent further cases. Source: Media
17 Aug 2017 description

The Country Preparedness Package (CPP) is a joint initiative of the Governments of the Pacific Islands and the Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT). The CPP is intended to strengthen preparedness and collaboration between national and international actors in the event of a disaster.

14 Aug 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Acute Fever and Rash:Federated States of Micronesia, French Polynesia

Other updates

Influenza A(H7N9) – human infection

  • On 11, 14 and 21 July 2017 the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China notified WHO of three individual laboratory- confirmed cases of human infection with avian Infleunza A(H7N9) virus in China. All three cases reported to have exposure to a live poultry market. Source: WHO
04 Aug 2017 description

The Asia-Pacific region is one of the most disaster-prone areas in the world, with frequently occurring natural disasters including earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical storms, flooding, landslides and volcanic eruptions affecting millions of people every year.

02 Aug 2017 description

Editorial

Talofa from SPREP!

July was a busy month in the climate change calendar, and it was also a month when new scientific evidence was brought to the attention of Pacific Leaders during the Fiji Climate Change Champion’s meeting in Suva.

31 Jul 2017 description

Trafficking in persons, also known as modern slavery or human trafficking, is a crime involving the exploitation of someone for the purposes of compelled labor or a commercial sex act through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Where a person younger than 18 is induced to perform a commercial sex act, it is a crime regardless of whether there is any force, fraud, or coercion. Victims can be anyone from around the world or right next door: women and men, adults and children, citizens and noncitizens alike.

31 Jul 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Solomon Islands
  • Prolonged fever: Marshall Islands

Other updates

Meningococcal disease

21 Jul 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia

  • Influenza-like illness: Marshall Islands

Other updates

Dengue

  • New Caledonia: As of 5 July 2017 there have been 4,467 cases since September 2016. Dengue serotype-1, 2 and have been identified in circulation . The weekly number of cases is decreasing. Source: Department of Health & Social Affairs, New Caledonia

Human infection with avian influenza A (H7N9)virus

20 Jul 2017 description

The European Union (EU) and the Pacific Community have signed an agreement to build resilience to future El Niño related droughts in the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Marshall Islands and Republic of Palau.

14 Jul 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Vanuatu 

Other updates

Dengue

13 Jul 2017 description

Editorial

in the month of June, the Pacific was in the spotlight at the highlevel UN Conference to Support the implementation of Sustainable development Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development), demonstrating global leadership on ocean issues with Fiji and Sweden serving as co-chairs of the meeting.

02 Jul 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Vanuatu 
  • Influenza-like illness: Nauru, Marshall Islands
  • Diarrhoea: Fiji, Nauru
  • Prolonged fever: Solomon Islands, French Polynesia, Vanuatu

Other updates

Dengue

30 Jun 2017 description
report Pacific Community

Technical officers from different Pacific atolls met in Kiribati for an intensive week of training and knowledge sharing to improve their capacity to support the water security of vulnerable island communities.

The one-week Atoll Water Security Workshop was convened by the Pacific Community (SPC) in South Tarawa, an urban atoll community all too familiar with the impacts of climate variability on household water security.

25 Jun 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Nauru, Kiribati
  • Influenza-like illness: French Polynesia

Other updates

Influenza

  • French Polynesia: Influenza B identified by the Institut Louis Malarde, French Polynesia, as the cause of the increase in the number of ILI cases on all archipelagos..

Influenza A (H7N9) virus

18 Jun 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Kiribati

Other updates

Dengue

  • Nauru: dengue serotype-2 ( confirmed by the WHO Collaborating Centre for Arbovirus Reference and Research Laboratories in Queensland, Australia) outbreak appears to be ending. From January to May there have been 964 cases of which 35 were hospitalised. Of the hospitalised cases 8 had haemorrhagic features. There have been three deaths. Source: Nauru Ministry of Health.

14 Jun 2017 description

Summary

What is already known about this topic?

Zika virus infection during pregnancy causes serious brain abnormalities and/or microcephaly and has been associated with other severe birth defects. Local transmission of Zika virus was reported in U.S. territories in 2016.

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14 Jun 2017 description

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.