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19 May 2017 description

Pacific island countries unanimously expressed a strong interest in the continuation of work progressed under technical assistance provided by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in a meeting that ended in Apia yesterday.

12 May 2017 description

Executive summary

Formal remittances to developing countries were estimated to have exceeded USD 601 billion in 2015,6 an amount roughly three times larger than overseas development assistance (ODA). They provide a lifeline for some of the world’s most vulnerable and low income households, both by contributing to basic needs such as food, health care, education and housing, and by helping to manage external shocks and fluctuations in income.

11 May 2017 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

• Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)

Other updates:

Dengue

• New Caledonia: As of 3 May 2017, there have been 3,429 cases since 1 September 2016. Dengue serotype 1, 2 and 3 are in circulation. Source: Direction des affaires sanitaires et sociales de Nouvelle-Calédonie.

• Vanuatu: dengue serotype-2 outbreak appears to be slowing down with 2,838 cases as of 4 May 2017, including 147 (5%) hospitalisations (since Nov 2016). The weekly number of cases is decreasing. Source: Vanuatu MoH

10 May 2017 description

Tonga's northern most island group is in preparing and Fiji police are urging the public to take heed of the weather advisories as Cyclone Ella approaches both countries.

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08 May 2017 description

08/05/2017 Suva, Fiji Preparing for and responding to natural disasters as they affect access to food for millions of people in the Pacific Islands was a major theme at the first-ever meeting of the Regional Pacific Food Security Cluster Forum in Nadi, Fiji that took place from 26 to 28 April.

The joint FAO/WFP meeting of some 50 representatives from governments, non-governmental and UN organizations, was jointly hosted by the FAO and WFP Food Security Cluster co-lead Coordinators.

02 May 2017 description

NADI – Preparing for and responding to natural disasters as they affect access to food for millions of people in the Pacific Islands, is one of the major themes that was discussed at the first-ever meeting of the Regional Pacific Food Security Cluster in Nadi, Fiji this week.

The meeting of some 50 representatives from governments, non-governmental and UN organizations, was jointly hosted by Food Security Cluster co-lead Coordinators: the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

02 May 2017 description

Editorial

Climate Change Matters in this edition celebrates the handing over of the Pacific Greenhouse Gas abatement Programme through renewable Energy (PiGGarEP) projects in Palau and tuvalu. the excellent outcomes from both Palau and tuvalu need to be replicated in other communities and in remote outer islands. it’s at these times that we ask ourselves - “is the pilot approach to building resiliency in the Pacific the best approach? What happens to the many communities and outer islands with similar issues? do they need the same interventions?”.

02 May 2017 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

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

· Influenza-like illness: FSM, Kiribati, Niue

Other updates:

Dengue

21 Apr 2017 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

GFDRR supports governments in designing financial protection strategies and instruments to respond to natural disasters. The Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance Program (DRFIP) leads the dialogue on financial resilience as a component of the World Bank’s support to countries in better managing disasters and climate shocks. The initiative connects financial expertise with risk management across many sectors, bringing countries comprehensive solutions and helping them to become more effective in managing their own risk.

20 Apr 2017 description

Travel for people from a Tongan village has been restricted after the discovery of typhoid there.

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19 Apr 2017 description

INTRODUCTION

To save lives and protect livelihoods, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) supports governments in strengthening their emergency preparedness and response capacities to mitigate the effects of disasters and reduce their impacts on vulnerable populations. This includes building capacities in logistics, supply chain management and communication technologies; strengthening risk reduction tools through Social Safety Net programmes; and bolstering sustainable food security and nutrition solutions.

14 Apr 2017 description

Contents
- 181 Immunization and Vaccinerelated Implementation Research Advisory Committee (IVIR-AC): summary of conclusions and recommendations, 1–2 February 2017 meeting
- 188 Zika virus: an epidemiological update

Sommaire
- 181 Comité consultatif sur la vaccination et la recherche sur la mise en œuvre des vaccins (IVIR-AC): résumé des conclusions et recommandations, réunion du 1er et 2 février 2017
- 188 Virus Zika: le point de la situation épidémiologique

13 Apr 2017 description

13 April 2017, Tonga - The government of Tonga, with support from the United Nations Development Programme-UN Environment National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP) is making progress toward finalizing its second Joint National Action Plan for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management (JNAP 2).

13 Apr 2017 description

More Pacific countries will now able to get immediate cash injections after major disasters under the latest developments under a Pacific disaster risk insurance facility.

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12 Apr 2017 description

SUVA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), in its role as lead of the Pacific Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC), has joined with the Fiji National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) to support a High Frequency Radio Communication System training course. High Frequency (HF) radio is a technology that provides backup communications capability during emergencies when other communication systems may be down.

12 Apr 2017 description

Health authorities in Tonga have temporarily banned kava drinking in public halls to control an outbreak of typhoid.

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07 Apr 2017 description

Les syndromes suivants ont été signalés :

Maladies diarrhéiques : États fédérés de Micronésie, Tonga

Syndrome grippal : Vanuatu Fièvre prolongée : Fidji

Autres relevés :

Oreillons

06 Apr 2017 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

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

· Influenza-like illness: Vanuatu

· Prolonged fever: Fiji

Other updates:

Mumps