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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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Fiji + 12 others
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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Philippines + 5 others
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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Solomon Islands + 7 others
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

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World + 5 others
Communications with Communities Asia-­Pacific Newsletter June 2014

This update seeks to support growth in innovative policy, practice and partnerships in humanitarian action to better communicate with disaster­affected communities. Readers are encouraged to forward this email through their own networks.

**Myanmar **

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment: Honiara, Solomon Islands


The Honiara City Council Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment was developed in response to a request for assistance to UNDP and UN-Habitat by the Solomon Island Government through the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology and the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey to implement key recommendations of the Solomon Islands National Development Strategy (2011-2020) and the National Climate Change Policy (2012-2017).

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World + 8 others
Climate and Disaster Resilience Plans for National Broadcasters in the Pacific

National broadcast stations of eight Pacific Island countries will have Climate and Disaster Resilience Plans developed by April 2015.

The project is to help broadcast stations strengthen their ability to provide quality and timely information without fail. This timely communication will enable communities to prepare and respond to natural disasters, and to ensure that stations are well prepared and equipped to continue broadcast coverage during times of emergencies, while ensuring that staff remains safe.

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Lebanon + 6 others
Caritas Update 64 (Winter 2014)



Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Since civil war broke out in Syria three years ago, 11.8 million people inside and outside of the country are in need of humanitarian assistance.

Over 2.5 million Syrians have fled to neighbouring countries. The majority of these refugees are in Jordan and Lebanon, the region’s two smallest countries. Their weak infrastructure and limited resources are nearing a breaking point under the strain of the refugees.

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Solomon Islands: Flash Floods - Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 25 June 2014)

There are over 1,000 people remaining in three 3 evacuation centres in Honiara following floods, with the Government encouraging home returns and the allocation of support based on levels of household impact.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit

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World + 7 others
Ten-Year Review on Progress Towards and Contributions Made by the Pacific Region to the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) from 2005-2015

Executive Summary

The purpose of this report is to appraise changes in disaster risk management (DRM) behaviour that have occurred in the Pacific Region since the adoption of the HFA in 2005, focusing on the overall progress towards achieving the three Strategic Goals and Five Priorities for Action outlined in the HFA. The report identifies the principal enabling factors behind the major achievements in DRM in the Region since 2005, as well as gaps in progress and the principal impediments in the Region to DRM.