Recognising the need to advance gender and protection issues during times of disasters made worse by climate change impacts, a network comprising of government officials from Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu has been set up to provide a platform to share information, experiences and best practices.
Referred to as the ProPa Network, which coins two words, Protection and Pacific, it aims to raise awareness on the range of issues related to the cross cutting theme and to better address these issues before, during and after a disaster.
Over the past year we have grown our income in a crowded and competitive market. We have had to absorb some cuts to our funding from DFAT as part of the Government’s austerity measures. We want to thank those supporters, including our President, who advocated strenuously on our behalf to reduce the severity of those cuts. It has also been a busy year as we have steadily prepared for our five yearly re-accreditation with DFAT, and welcomed an expanded membership.
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.
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
An outbreak is ongoing in Tuvalu, laboratory samples were confirmed by the Institut Louis Malardé (ILM), French Polynesia.
As many as 4.7 million people in 13 Pacific countries (2.4 million in PNG and the total populations of the remaining Pacific nations) are at risk of adverse effects of drought including water shortages, food insecurity and disease.
Governments are taking measures to mitigate the potential impacts of the drought. The government is delivering water to drought affected areas in Fiji.
The Vanuatu government is delivering food to affected communities especially those affected by Tropical cyclone Pam.
World Toilet Day 2015: new World Bank report finds severe lack of access to water & sanitation for thousands of families across the Pacific
SYDNEY, November 19, 2015 – As more and more families migrate from rural areas to Pacific capital cities, water, sanitation and health challenges in rapidly growing informal settlements in key Pacific capital cities are in urgent need of response, according to a new World Bank report.
• A strong El Niño is now in force with some climatologists warning it could rival the 1997/98 event which was the most severe on record.
• In an El Niño year, the cyclone season usually runs longer and features a greater proportion of severe cyclones forming over a larger area.
• Up to 13 Pacific countries could be affected by El Niño-related drought, placing as many as 4.7 million people at risk.
Up to 6,000 people remain displaced following fighting that broke out between the Myanmar military and Shan State Army North in central Shan State in early Oct. Those displaced are staying in monasteries and IDP camps.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
By CARE Australia
Financial aid from the Australian Government to help some of our closest neighbours mitigate the effects of El Nino has been welcomed. $9 million has been pledged to Pacific countries facing food and water shortages including Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu. However, continued assistance will be needed.
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
An outbreak is ongoing in Tuvalu, laboratory samples were confirmed by the Institut Louis Malardé, French Polynesia.
There is currently an outbreak in Kiribati. Rotavirus has been isolated. Influenza-like illness
As many as 4.7 million people in 11 Pacific countries (2.4 million in PNG and the total populations of the remaining Pacific nations) are at risk of adverse effects of drought including water shortages, food insecurity and disease. Governments are taking measures to mitigate the potential impacts of the drought. The government is delivering water to drought affected areas in Fiji. The Vanuatu government is delivering food to affected communities especially those affected by Tropical cyclone Pam.
The November regional advisory on the potential for drought in the Pacific confirms much of the region will get less than normal rainfall over the next three months.
By Pita Ligaiula in Niue
The United States today announced a US$5 million climate change project for the Pacific in the next five years.
The announcement was made by US Ambassador to Fiji, Judith Beth Cefkin at the Pacific Community (SPC) Conference underway in Alofi.
“The US is very committed to work with fellow members of the Pacific Community to increase resilience of the peoples of the Pacific particularly adapting to and mitigating global climate change and promoting sustainable inclusive economic development
GENEVA, 4 November 2015 - Singapore and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) have teamed up to strengthen the disaster risk management capacity of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and other countries that are on the front line of climate change.
The gFSC global dashboard provides a quick snapshot of the country-level Food Security Clusters around the world. The updated dasboard shows that as of October 2015, the country-level Food Security Clusters remain only at 52 percent funded against their yearly requirements
Push to include mitigation, preparation, response and recovery in regional curricula moves forward following nine country seminar
At least a dozen Afghan schoolgirls were trampled to death as they and others tried to flee to safety once the deadly 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck their country and Pakistan earlier this week. Their deaths were yet another tragic reminder of how integrating risk reduction in education is becoming a moral imperative in a region where such disasters are occurring with increasing frequency.
Drought-affected communities in the east, west, and south of Solomon Islands are being urged to take steps to adapt to ongoing dry conditions.
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The IASC Alert, Early Warning and Readiness report is produced bi-annually as an inter-agency effort by the Task Team on Preparedness and Resilience (TTPR) for IASC member agencies. The report highlights serious risks that were either identified as being of particular strategic operational concern or as having a high probability and impact on humanitarian needs. In addition to collaboratively assembling the report, the report includes an analysis of the state of readiness, prepared by OCHA, which is compared against each risk.