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11 Feb 2016 description

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced that New Zealand will provide $500,000 to help the Pacific region to counter the spread of the Zika.

“With the Zika virus now confirmed in a number of Pacific countries, New Zealand is committed to helping limit the impact and spread of the virus in the region,” says Mr McCully.

“New Zealand will provide $250,000 as a contribution to the WHO to implement the Pacific Zika Action Plan, and a further $250,000 to enable countries in the region to respond rapidly if required.

09 Feb 2016 description

A new publication details the framework for New Zealand Aid Programme investments for the next four years.

New Zealand Aid Programme Investment Priorities 2015-19 [PDF, 2.6 MB] outlines how we will focus our aid, capability and policy engagement around 12 priorities to deliver sustainable development and reduce poverty in partner countries.

27 Jan 2016 description

Genetic diversity of livestock can help feed a hotter, harsher world

Despite growing interest in safeguarding biodiversity of livestock and poultry,genetic erosion continues

25 Jan 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Palau

Diarrhoea: Solomon Islands

Other updates

Dengue:

14 Jan 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

General inflation in the region was estimated at 2.3 percent, and food price inflation at 2.6 percent in November compared to one year ago.

  • In China, prices for fresh vegetables rose as unusually cold weather in November hampered transport and disrupted supplies to markets.

  • In Indonesia, drought conditions linked to El Niño over large parts of the country resulted in major delays in planting of the main season crops.

12 Jan 2016 description

Summary

At 30 December 2015, there were 1792 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1,647 in immigration detention on the mainland and 145 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 603 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 28,919 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

10 Jan 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Diarrhoea: Solomon Islands, Tonga

Other updates

Diarrhoea

Solomon Islands: Rotavirus outbreak continues. It appears that nationally the outbreak has plateaued, although case numbers may still be increasing in some provinces. Six deaths (4 children and 2 adults) have been reported to have died of a diarrhoeal illness during the outbreak. These deaths are being investigated to determine which deaths are attributable to the complications of rotavirus gastroenteritis.

03 Jan 2016 description

2. Executive summary

There is global recognition of the devastating impacts of natural disasters on lives, livelihoods and property. This, in turn, is undermining the overarching goal of economic, social and environmental sustainability—in other words, sustainable development. There is a need to embrace long-term strategies and approaches that build disaster resilience. The aim is to prevent, as much as possible, natural hazard events from becoming disasters that wipe out many years of hard-won development gains.

27 Dec 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Acute Fever and Rash: Palau Diarrhoea: Solomon Islands

Other updates

Acute Fever and Rash

Three cases reported from Palau were diagnosed as varicella zoster.

Diarrhoea

Solomon Islands: Outbreak continues; there is a decrease in the weekly number of cases reported.

Ebola Virus Disease

20 Dec 2015 description
report Xinhua

WELLINGTON, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) -- Aid agencies across the Pacific are gearing up for months of weather-related crises as a result of a "super-charged El Nino" weather pattern.

The Red Cross has been working with governments since May when meteorologists began warning that this southern summer could see a major El Nino - a disruptive oscillation of the weather patterns brought about by a coupling of warmer than usual waters and atmospheric pressure changes in the Pacific.

20 Dec 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Diarrhoea: Solomon Islands

Influenza-Like illness: New Caledonia

Other updates

Diarrhoea

17 Dec 2015 description
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The following syndromes have been flagged:

Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia, Solomon Islands

Influenza-Like illness: Nauru, Tokelau

Other updates

Diarrhoea

Increasing number of cases of diarrhoea in the Solomon Islands. Most of the cases are from Honiara and Guadalcanal in young children aged less than 5 years. A WHO epidemiologist has been deployed to assist with the investigations.

Chikungunya

An outbreak is ongoing in Tuvalu.

Dengue

14 Dec 2015 description

Summary

As at 30 November 2015, there were 1,852 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1,683 in immigration detention on the mainland and 169 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 585 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 29,008 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

06 Dec 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Acute Fever and Rash: Vanuatu

Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia, Solomon Islands

Influenza-Like illness: American Samoa, New Caledonia

Other updates

Chikungunya

An outbreak is ongoing in Tuvalu.

Dengue

23 Nov 2015 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 2006 and FY 2015, 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.

22 Nov 2015 description

Week 47, ending 22 November, 2015

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Acute Fever and Rash: Tokelau, Tuvalu, Vanuatu

Influenza-Like illness: American Samoa, Guam, New Caledonia

Other updates

Chikungunya

An outbreak is ongoing in Tuvalu, laboratory samples were confirmed by the Institut Louis Malardé (ILM), French Polynesia.

Dengue

16 Nov 2015 description

5 November 2015, Alofi

BSPRA ground-breaking way to address how Pacific Island countries prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters was launched today by the European Union Ambassador for the Pacific, H.E. Andrew Jacobs, and the Premier of Niue, the Hon Toke Talagi, in the margins of the Pacific Community Conference in Alofi.

Niue is the first Pacific Island country to commit to the Strategic Roadmap for Emergency Management which will ensure its emergency services work together to build a solid foundation for a prosperous future for the people of Niue.

08 Nov 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia

Diarrhoea: Kiribati, Tonga

Influenza-Like illness: Guam, Nauru, New Caledonia, Republic of Marshall Islands

Other updates

Chikungunya

An outbreak is ongoing in Tuvalu, laboratory samples were confirmed by the Institut Louis Malardé, French Polynesia.

Diarrhoea

There is currently an outbreak in Kiribati. Rotavirus has been isolated. Influenza-like illness

01 Nov 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Acute Fever and Rash:Vanuatu

Diarrhoea: Tonga, Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Influenza-Like illness: Nauru, Tonga

Prolonged fever: Tonga, PNG

Other updates

Dengue

American Samoa: As of 1 November there have been 463 cases (dengue serotype-3) with 146 hospital admissions since May 2015. The number of cases reported weekly is decreasing.

French Polynesia: There were 23 cases(dengue serotype-1) reported in the week ending 25 October 2015.

31 Oct 2015 description

Summary

As at 31 October 2015, there were 1,949 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1,744 in immigration detention on the mainland and 205 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 632 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 29,019 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.