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29 Apr 2016 description

Temerloh, Malaysia | Friday 4/29/2016 - 03:16 GMT

By Satish Cheney

Withering drought and sizzling temperatures from El Nino have caused food and water shortages and ravaged farming across Asia, and experts warn of a double-whammy of possible flooding from its sibling, La Nina.

28 Apr 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Diarrhoea: Fiji, Palau, Tokelau, Wallis & Futuna

· Influenza-like Illness: American Samoa, New Caledonia

· Prolonged fever: American Samoa

Other updates:

Chikungunya

27 Apr 2016 description

GLOBAL HEALTH IMPACTS

• Severe drought and associated food insecurity, flooding, rains and temperature rises due to El Niño 2015-2016 are causing a wide range of health problems, including disease outbreaks, malnutrition and disruption of health services.

• El Niño 2015-2016 is affecting more than 60 million people, especially in Eastern and Southern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and Asia-Pacific.

26 Apr 2016 description

Climate change heightens Pacific island countries’ vulnerability, according to a new report by WHO

Ensuring a health-in-all-policies approach, health considerations should be incorporated into national policies and plans relevant to climate change

25 Apr 2016 description

Background and purpose

The impact of the 2015‒2016 El Niño weather phenomenon has been one of the most intense and widespread in the past one hundred years. The agriculture, food security and nutritional status of 60 million people around the globe is affected by El Niño-related droughts, floods and extreme hot and cold weather. While the El Niño itself has passed its peak and is now declining, its impact is still growing. Harvests in several parts of the world have already failed and are forecast to fail in other areas.

22 Apr 2016 description

For the past year, islands across the Pacific have been coping with the impacts of changed El Niño weather patterns which have caused drought and a longer, more intense cyclone season. Strong early advocacy by the Pacific Humanitarian Team on the risks facing the region helped prompt national efforts to prepare for El Niño’s arrival.

04 Apr 2016 description
report Government of Japan

April 4, 2016

  1. On Friday, April 1, the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency relief goods (water containers and water bladders etc.) to the Republic of Palau through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in response to the request from the Government of the Republic of Palau following serious damage from the drought in the country.

04 Apr 2016 description

Koror, Palau | AFP | Monday 4/4/2016 - 06:28 GMT

Drought-stricken Palau could dry up completely this month, officials warned Monday as the Pacific island appealed for urgent aid from Japan and Taiwan, including shipments of water.

The tiny country of about 18,000 people declared a state of emergency last month, the latest Pacific island nation to do so as one of the worst ever El Nino-induced droughts in the region worsens.

03 Apr 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Acute Fever and Rash: Fiji

· Diarrhoea: American Samoa,Fiji, Northern Mariana Islands,

· Influenza-like Illness: French Polynesia, Guam, New Caledonia

· Prolonged fever: Fiji, Vanuatu

Other updates:

Zika virus

31 Mar 2016 description

“All options must be explored to alleviate the ongoing water crisis,” Palau President Tommy Remengesau said to the members of the National Emergency Committee (NEC) in his Cabinet meeting.

“We should be working 24 hours a day and we have to place emphasis on team work and go beyond the normal call of duty” to address the problem, President Remengesau added.

24 Mar 2016 description
report Government of Palau

President Remengesau has issued Executive Order No. 389 to declare a State of Emergency due extreme drought.

23 Mar 2016 description

Koror, Palau | AFP | Wednesday 3/23/2016 - 04:37 GMT | 274 words

Palau became the latest Pacific island nation to declare a state of emergency Wednesday, as the region struggles with an extreme drought that forecasters warn will not ease for months.

President Tommy Remengesau said rainfall in the capital Koror over the past four months was the lowest recorded in 65 years and the city's only dam had dried up.

21 Mar 2016 description

FIJI

A month after Tropical Cyclone Winston struck Fiji, the Government-led response has delivered life-saving assistance to hundreds of thousands of people. The first round of emergency food distributions reached more than 370,000 people and access to safe drinking water has been restored for 150,000 people. An additional 100,000 people still need water assistance.
Temporary learning spaces have enabled classes to resume in 95 schools. A State of Natural Disaster was extended for another month.

PALAU

20 Mar 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Diarrhoea: Fiji

· Influenza-like Illness: American Samoa, French Polynesia, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Samoa

· Prolonged fever: French Polynesia, Solomon Islands, Wallis and Futuna

Other updates:

Zika virus

· On 22 March, American Samoa reported 385 suspected cases of Zika virus infection and 14 confirmed cases, including 6 pregnant women. Source: Media

Conjunctivitis

· Increasing number of cases reported particularly from the Central health division of Fiji. Source: Media

18 Mar 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Acute Fever and Rash: Fiji, French Polynesia

· Diarrhoea: Fiji

· Influenza-like Illness: French Polynesia, Solomon Islands, Wallis and Futuna

· Prolonged fever: Solomon Islands

Other updates:

Zika virus

· Tonga: As of 6 March there have been 2173 cases since 1 January 2016. The weekly number of cases is decreasing. For further information, please refer to Dr Seini Kupu’s PacNet post on 14 March 2016

03 Mar 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Influenza-like Illness: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)

· Diarrhoea: FSM, Nauru, Northern Marianna Islands, Samoa.

· Prolonged fever: Kiribati, Niue

Other updates:

Tropical Cyclone Winston

01 Mar 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Palau, Tokelau

· Influenza-like Illness: : Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Solomon Islands

· Diarrhoea: FSM, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands

· Prolonged fever: Tuvalu


Other updates:



Tropical Cyclone Winston

19 Feb 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia

· Influenza-like Illness: Solomon Islands

· Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Fiji, Samoa

· Prolonged fever: Solomon Islands

Other updates:

Zika virus