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01 Dec 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Guam

· Influenza-like illness: American Samoa

· Prolonged fever: Solomon Islands

Other updates:

Dengue

· Vanuatu- As of 30 November there have been 10 suspected cases of which 7 tested NS1 or IgM positive with the Standard Diagnostic’s Dengue Duo rapid diagnostic test (RDT). Samples have been sent to the Institute of Environmental Science and Research laboratory , New Zealand for confirmatory testing. Source: Vanuatu Ministry of Health.

24 Nov 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Tonga

· Influenza-like illness: American Samoa, FSM, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu

Other updates:

Dengue

17 Nov 2016 description

KEY UPDATES

 Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:

o None

 Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:

o Argentina and Guadeloupe

 Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) cases associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:

o None

17 Nov 2016 description

16 November 2016, UNFCCC COP22, Marrakech, Morocco - The Government of Tonga's approach in combining climate change and disaster risk considerations into overall development planning is a proactive step in not only accessing financial mechanisms with the overall aim of building the resilience of communities.

17 Nov 2016 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

· Acute Fever and Rash: Northern Marianna Islands · Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Tonga · Prolonged fever: Palau, Solomon Islands

Other update:

Solomon Islands

· A total of 2, 760 cases were of suspected cases have been reported in Honiara, Guadalcanal, Malaita, Isabel, Choiseul, Makira & Temotu (528 cases since the last report) from epidemiological week 33-44 (15 August -6 November).

11 Nov 2016 description

Week 44, ending 6 November 2016

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), French Polynesia, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga

  • Influenza-like illness: Vanuatu

  • Prolonged fever: FSM

Other updates

Dengue fever

  • Niue confirms a dengue RDT positive case (NS1 Ag+ve) in a returned traveller from the Solomon Islands. For further details please refer to PacNet posting earlier today.

10 Nov 2016 description

KEY UPDATES

 Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:

o Montserrat, Palau

 Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:

o None

 Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) cases associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:

o None

10 Nov 2016 description
report Government of Tonga

10th November 2016 The Tonga Meteorological Service is to boost its forecasting capabilities using a new SMARTALERT and SMARTMET workstation and software which was developed by a team of experts from the Finnish Meteorological Institute for Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa and Tonga Meteorological Services. The system was installed yesterday at the Tonga Meteorological Service’s Head Quarter in Fua’amotu and training of Forecasters will continue for the next 2 weeks.

05 Nov 2016 description
report World Bank

World Bank announces fifth season of insurance initiative and new delivery facility

WASHINGTON, November 2, 2016 – The World Bank has announced the start of the fifth round of Pacific Catastrophe Risk Assessment and Financing Initiative (PCRAFI) Insurance, along with the recent establishment of a new Cook Islands-based insurance company, called the PCRAFI Facility, which will deliver this innovative and competitive insurance.

04 Nov 2016 description

KEY UPDATES

  • Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:

o None

  • Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:

o Bolivia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Viet Nam

04 Nov 2016 description

Tsunamis are rare, powerful and unpredictable natural hazards, with devastating consequences for coastal populations caught in their path. The vast majority are caused by earthquakes in active seismic areas and occur along a limited range of inhabited shores around the world (Figure 1). In total, 16 major tsunamis killed 250,900 people in 21 countries between 1996 and 2015, according to EM-DAT records.

03 Nov 2016 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

· Acute Fever and Rash: Tokelau

· Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), French Polynesia, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga

· Influenza-like illness: FSM, Guam, Tokelau

Other updates:

Dengue

01 Nov 2016 description

This policy brief is the product of testing, learning and adapting a mainstreaming approach to resilient development in the Pacific. It is based on an in-depth review and analysis of global and regional literature on approaches to mainstreaming, climate change and disaster risk management and governance reform. It draws on extensive testing of mainstreaming approaches in four countries (Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga) carried out through the Pacific Risk Resilience Programme (PRRP).

27 Oct 2016 description

KEY UPDATES

  • Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:

o None

  • Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:

o None

  • Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) cases associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:

o None

27 Oct 2016 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

· Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Tonga

· Influenza-like illness: FSM, Guam, Vanuatu

Other updates:

Dengue

26 Oct 2016 description

SUVA, 26 October 2016 – Pacific countries have pledged to step up efforts to deal with the challenge posed by climate change and the threat of disasters, in order to ensure that their development is sustainable.

In a joint declaration wrapping up the three-day Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management, hosted by Fiji, the 17 countries reaffirmed their commitment to build a stronger and more resilient region in the face of rising climate impacts.

24 Oct 2016 description

Who are the regional Pacific Food Security Cluster?
What do we do?

WHO: The Regional Pacific Food Security Cluster (rPFSC) is composed of a cluster support team, consisting of specialists in Cluster Coordination and Information Management.

The Regional Pacific Food Security Cluster is led at the global and regional level by FAO and WFP, two U.N. agencies with a mandate and expertise in the food security sector.

21 Oct 2016 description

KEY UPDATES

  • Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week: o None

  • Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week: o Grenada

  • Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) cases associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week: o None