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Health ministry responds with free measles vaccination

by George Herming

Given the suspected measles outbreak, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) and World Health Organization (WHO) remind parents to have their children immunized with the free vaccination available in Solomon Islands.

“Measles is a highly contagious and deadly disease, but can be easily prevented with a vaccine”, said Dr. Lester Ross, Permanent Secretary of MHMS.

“The measles vaccine is safe, effective and free. It is at available at local health clinics in Solomon Islands”, added Dr. Ross.

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Japan delivers radio transmission facility for disaster risk management to Solomon Islands

by George Herming

The Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) today delivered a new radio broadcasting transmission facility to improve Solomon Islands disaster early warning system through the National Broadcaster, SIBC.

The Minister for Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology Hon. Bradley Tovosia “turned the switch on” after receiving the equipment from Japanese Ambassador to Solomon Islands, Mr Kenichi Kimiya at the SIBC Transmission Station at the Henderson International Airport today.

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Honiara, Guadalcanal, declared no longer in state of disaster

The National Disaster Council (NDC) is revoking the state of disaster declared 4 April, as a result of the flash floods, which caused huge and wide spread damages to Properties, livelihoods and loss of human lives.

This was announced at 2pm today by the Honorable Bradley Tovosia: Minister of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology.

The NDC is satisfied there are no longer circumstances that warrant a state of disaster being declared.

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April flash flood recovery plan introduced to development partners

The recovery plan for April’s flash floods has been introduced to development partners in two separate presentations over the last week.

Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Coordination Recovery Coordinator Daniel Rove spoke to representatives from local and international government ministries, non-government organisations, and other donor bodies.

The recovery plan will be nationally owned and contain clear priorities and actions for recovery, particularly those in need of donor and government funding.

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Oxfam accepts cheque from Pacific Corporation Foundation for Solomon’s recovery work


Oxfam New Zealand has accepted a cheque for almost $1000 today from the Pacific Corporation Foundation toward recovery efforts in the Solomon Islands, following April’s flash flooding that left thousands homeless.

Laulu Mac Leauanae, Chief Executive of the Pacific Corporation Foundation, has just returned from a trip to the Solomon’s representing New Zealand at the Private Sector Dialogue meeting, where he says he was moved by how much need still exists.

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Pacific Islands Humanitarian Bulletin, July 2014


• El Niño alert issued, with meteorologists estimating a 70 per cent chance of event developing by late 2014.

• OCHA and the Pacific Humanitarian Team responded to five emergencies between November 2013 and May 2014.

• Recovery efforts in cyclone-affected Tonga include a cash-for-work programme focusing on food security and debris management.

• A study of the Pacific Humanitarian Team response in the Solomon Islands finds coordination support appreciated, but improved communication and assessments needed.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit

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Health Alert: Suspected Measles Outbreak; Honiara, Solomon Islands, 23 July 2014


In the past 3 weeks there have been 9 cases of suspected measles notified to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) National Surveillance Unit.

Cases are in children too young to be vaccinated (age less than 1 year) and young adults.

The first case was a 21 year old female who acquired her infection in Papua New Guinea (PNG). This was confirmed as measles. There has been a significant measles outbreak in PNG over the past 2 years.

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USAID Rolls Out Pacific-American Climate Fund in Apia

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) held a workshop for select civil society, academic and private sector organizations on Wednesday, July 16 to announce the five-year, USD $24-million Pacific-American Climate Fund (PACAM) at the Tanoa Tusitala Conference Center.

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First gender violence clinic opens in Honiara

Solomon Islands has launched its first dedicated clinic for gender violence victims.

Gender-based violence is a growing problem in Solomon Islands, with around 64 per cent of women experiencing sexual assault or violence at least once in their lifetime.

Interim clinic manager Kim Abbey says the clinic has been a long time coming, but it's better late than never.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Kim Abbey, Interim clinic manager, Seif Ples, sex and gender based violence clinic, Solomon Islands

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:


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Solomon Islands / Pacific: Flash Floods Revised Emergency Appeal n° MDRSB003

21,000 people to be assisted

DREF allocated: CHF 158,099

Glide n° FL-2014-000045-SLB

Appeal timeframe: 9 months

Appeal budget: CHF 684,278

Issued: 16 July 2014

End date: 11 January 2015

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Meningococcal outbreak may be contained - Solomon Islands Health

Health officials in Solomon Islands are cautiously optimistic that the risk of an outbreak of meningococcal disease following the deaths of four children in Makira province has diminished.

Dr Tenneth Dalipanda from the Solomon Islands Ministry of Health and Medical Services says the children who died were all under the age of 12 and lived close to one another.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:


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Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 8 - 14 July 2014

Authorities declare a state of calamity as food packs are provided to the 160,000 people affected by the floods in Maguindanao province of the Philippines.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit

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SPC and Solomon Islands strengthen their relationship

Dr Colin Tukuitonga, Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), met with H.E. Gordon Darcy Lilo, the Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, to consolidate the long-term partnership which exists between SPC and the Solomon Islands.

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Snapshots 85 - Disaster Reduction Programme Newsletter, October 2013 - June 2014

Secretariat of the Pacific Community's (SPC) Applied Geoscience and Technology Division through the Disaster Reduction Programme is committed to working with officials and communities around the Pacific to strengthen the ability of countries to protect people as much as possible from the impact of natural and manmade disasters.


1 . Assessing the damage after floods in the Solomon Islands

2 . Tropical Cyclone Ian hits Tonga

  • Increased interoperability between emergency response agencies

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Land issues hurt flood victims in Solomons

The head of Oxfam in Solomon Islands says a lack of access to land has left people more vulnerable following the severe flooding in April.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

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UNICEF Solomon Islands Humanitarian Response and Recovery Update #3 - Reporting period: 11 June - 10 July 2014


  • UNICEF Deputy Executive Director New York, Yoka Brandt and Regional Director for East Asia and Pacific Regional Office Daniel Toole visited Solomon Islands from 22 to 24 June; during part of their visit they went to an affected community and to an evacuation/transitional centre, and talked with residents there.

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Solomons floods: three months on


Emergency relief phase

In consultation with Solomon Islands government and other NGOs, Oxfam launched an immediate response to the floods, including assessing damage and providing technical expertise to evacuation centre management. Oxfam has tabled safety and protection issues of affected people to government, NGOs and UN agencies.

Water, sanitation and hygiene

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WHO donates medicines and medical supplies for 50 000 people to Solomon Islands

HONIARA, 10 July 2014 - Dr Shin Young-soo, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for the Western Pacific, visited Solomon Islands and the National Referral Hospital to offer WHO support for major public health challenges and to donate an emergency health kit to replenish supplies used during the recent floods.

The emergency health kit is the first of five kits to be provided by WHO to Solomon Islands. Each kit contains essential medicines, supplies and equipment designed to cover the health needs of 10 000 people for three months.

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A Plan for Recovery

Building the resilience of everyday people and considering the needs of our most vulnerable are priorities for the government, as it plans for recovery from April’s flash flooding disaster.

With initial emergency and life-saving activities from April’s flash flooding disaster now complete, the government is now confident it can start planning for medium-to-long term recovery and reconstruction.

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1,000 still in evacuation centres in Solomons

The National Disaster Management office in Solomon Islands is still waiting to repatriate about 1,000 people who were displaced by the flooding in April.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand Int'l