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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.

What is added by this report?

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.

11 Jun 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati

Other updates

Dengue

  • Fiji: As of 4 June 2016, there have 1612 cases reported since January this year. Majority of the cases are from the Central and Western Health division. Dengue serotype-2 has been identified in circulation by the Institut Louis Malardé, French Polynesia.

05 Jun 2017 description

With no substantial rainfall since November 2016, the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) declared a state of emergency in April 2017 due to a severe drought affecting the country. At the time eight out of the country’s 29 atolls were affected by the drought, impacting approximately 12 per cent of the overall population of RMI.

05 Jun 2017 description

Editorial

We have come a long way from when the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) came into force, the establishment of the Global Environment Facility, the Kyoto Protocol, the adaptation Fund, recently the Paris agreement and the Green Climate Fund. Yet the same issues and challenges of accessing climate change funds by small islands remain up to day.

04 Jun 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash:Kiribati, French Polynesia

  • Diarrhoea: French Polynesia

Other updates

Acute Fever and Rash:

28 May 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash:American Samoa, Fiji, French Polynesia, Niue

  • Prolonged fever: Kiribati

Other updates

Dengue

  • New Caledonia: As of 31 May 2017, there have been 3,933 cases since 1 September 2016. Dengue serotype 1, 2 and 3 are in circulation. There have been 10 deaths reported. The weekly number of cases is decreasing. Source: Department of Health & Social Affairs, New Caledonia

Mumps:

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

IOM’s Final Supplemental Food Distribution

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) completed its final 2016 El Nino Drought Response supplemental food distribution in March 2017. This distribution was based on an agricultural assessment in November 2016 which found that certain food items were taking longer to recover from the drought than expected. The resulting distribution included a two-month, ½ ration of rice, canned fruit and canned vegetables for 2,312 beneficiaries on six affected Atolls/Islands.

21 May 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Commonwealth of Northern Marianna Is (CNMI), Fiji, French Polynesia, Niue
  • Diarrhoea: CNMI, Niue

Other updates

Dengue

14 May 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Niue, Fiji

  • Diarrhoea: Niue

Other updates

Dengue

  • New Caledonia: As of 3 May 2017, there have been 3,569 cases since 1 September 2016. Dengue serotype 1, 2 and 3 are in circulation. Source: Department of Health & Social Affairs, New Caledonia

10 May 2017 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON D.C., May 9, 2017 –The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved today grant financing for a project that is expected to help communities in the Marshall Islands – already vulnerable to recurring drought and flooding – prepare better for the impact of climate change.

The Pacific Resilience Project II will receive a US$19.6 million grant for the Marshall Islands and a US$4 million grant for the Pacific Community (SPC) to support this important initiative.

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

01 May 2017 description

MARSHALL ISLANDS

Over the past several weeks, extreme drought was reported in eight atolls across the Marshall Islands including Wotje and Utirik. As of 20 April, the drought has affected an estimated 6,400 people. On 24 April, the Government declared a State of Emergency for 31 days in the affected areas. The Emergency Operations Centre was activated and is coordinating the response with local governments and national clusters. Authorities are liaising with bilateral partners to support the in-country response.

6,400 people affected