I am pleased to announce Australia is providing up to $500,000 to help Pacific island countries counter the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.
Stopping the spread of Zika in the Pacific is essential to protecting Australia from the virus, which has seen a resurgence in our region.
The initial focus will be on strengthening prevention and response capacity in Tonga, where there is a reported increase in the number of suspected cases.
An Emergency Committee was convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) on 1 February 2016. Following the advice of the Committee, the Director-General announced the recent cluster of microcephaly and other neurologic disorders reported in Brazil to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
3rd February 2016 Tonga will be benefit from state-of the art techniques that allow them to assess risks from natural disasters such as tropical cyclones and earthquakes under the assistance provided under the joint Pacific Catastrophe Risk Assessment and Financing Initiative (PCRAFI) .
PCRAFI assists participants from line Ministries, especially the Ministry of Finance and the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO), in risk modelling and risk profiling.
That will help government draw up risk reduction measures.
The Minister of Health, Hon. Saia Piukala this morning confirmed in the Legislative Assembly that Zika virus which is spread by mosquito is in Tonga.
Five reported cases have now been confirmed by the Health Ministry.
It is the first reported cases in Tonga.
According to the Minister of Health reports from New Zealand say three Tongans were tested positive of the Zika virus infection after returning from Nuku’alofa.
60 million PEOPLE WILL BE AFFECTED BY EL NIÑO IN THE FOUR MOST AFFECTED REGIONS
2.8 million PEOPLE REQUIRE HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE IN GUATEMALA AND HONDURAS
10.2 million PEOPLE IN NEED OF EMERGENCY FOOD IN ETHIOPIA
14 million FOOD INSECURE PEOPLE IN SOUTHERN AFRICA – EXCLUDING SOUTH AFRICA
El Niño status
Background and purpose
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has as its **Strategic Objective 5** to “Increase the resilience of livelihoods to threats and crises”. In support of its national counterparts, FAO aims to address the current and future needs of vulnerable people affected by the 2015‒2016 El Niño event.
The following syndromes have been flagged: - Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Palau - Diarrhoea: Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Tonga - Influenza-like illness: Solomon Islands - Prolonged fever: Solomon Islands
Zika virus - Tonga: There has been an increase in the number of suspected zika cases reported in the week ending 17 and 24 January 2016. Two out of nine samples sent to the LabPlus NZ, were RT-PCR positive for Zika virus.
Tonga's Ministry of Health has confirmed the first case of Zika virus in the island kingdom with no further details being released.
Radio Tonga reports Dr Seini Kupu, a specialist from Vaiola Hospital's Non-Communicable Diseases Division says the confirmation was determined tests done in Tahiti.
The Zika virus is spread through mosquitoes and symptoms include mild fever, rashes and joint pain.
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Total affected population: 2.3 million
Total affected children (under 18): 1.4 million
Total people to be reached in 2016: 85,000
Total children to be reached in 2016: 51,000
2016 programme targets
800 children aged 6 to 59 months with global acute malnutrition identified and referred, including 120 children treated for severe acute malnutrition (SAM)
48,000 children under 5 years received micronutrient supplementation
This research report draws on empirical case studies on the mainstreaming of Disaster Risk Management (DRM) to provide insights into the experience of low and middle-income countries in Asia. Most case studies are based on reviews and assessments done by international organisations such as the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
The following syndromes have been flagged:
Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Palau
Diarrhoea: Solomon Islands
El Niño threatens at least 60 million people in high-risk developing countries, WHO says
Geneva, 22 January 2016—The World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners predict a major global increase in health consequences of emergencies this year due to El Niño.
On 11 January 2016, Houma, the far end village in ‘Eua to the North celebrated the finish of the new water supply system funded by China.
H.E. Huang Huaguang, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Kingdom of Tonga and Hon. Tevita Lavemaau, Minister for Revenue and Custom, who is also the People’s Representative for ‘Eua joined this happy occasion.
The following syndromes have been flagged:
Diarrhoea: Solomon Islands, Tonga
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.
Severe Tropical Cylcone Ula returns to category three strength, bringing winds of up to 120 kilometres per hour as it tracks slowly towards Vanuatu.
Severe Tropical Cylcone Ula has returned to category three strength, bringing winds of up to 120 kilometres per hour as it tracks slowly west south-westerly away from Fiji towards Vanuatu.
The first cyclone of 2016 had weakened to a category one after hitting Tonga's northern islands, particularly Vava'u, as a category three system last Saturday.
• Tropical Cyclone ULA formed over the South Pacific Ocean on 30 December 2015 and moved southsouthwest, strengthening. It passed close to Vava'u islands (Tonga) on 1 January 2016, with max. sustained winds of 140 km/h and close to Lau Islands (Fiji) on 2-3 January, with max. sust. winds of 160-170 km/h.
• Heavy rainfall and strong winds affected Fiji and Tonga during its passage. Media reported minor damage and evacuations in Tonga, as well as floods and damage in some areas of Fiji.
The State of Emergency declared for Vava’u and Ha’apai in preparedness for Cyclone Ula has been cancelled.
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