Three hospitals in Tafea Province, Sanma Province and Efate Island now have capacity to treat severely malnourished children.
The distribution of hygiene kits, jerry cans and other water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) items is ongoing, currently covering 50-60 per cent of the affected population.
Schools are scheduled to reopen. UNICEF is dispatching temporary learning spaces, education supplies, including Early Childhood Education and Recreation kits.
Rapid assessment findings indicate that 166,000 people in Vanuatu require some form of humanitarian aid. Assessments continue in other countries affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam.
The GoRV and the UN launched a $30 million flash appeal for the humanitarian response in Vanuatu on March 24.
Under the leadership of host governments, the international community continues to respond to identified humanitarian needs in storm-affected countries.
By Madeline Wilson and Patrick Fuller
Two weeks have passed since Cyclone Pam and two other tropical storms struck the Pacific, bringing destructive winds, heavy rains and tidal surges which caused widespread devastation affecting well over 100,000 people in Vanuatu and four other Pacific nations – Tuvalu, Kiribati, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. In response, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched an appeal to help 81,000 people across the region.
Veuillez trouver ci-joint le rapport de surveillance syndromique du Pacifique pour la semaine 12 qui s’est achevée le 22 mars 2015.
Les alertes suivantes ont été signalées:
Diarrhée: Polynésie française, Pitcairn ;
Syndrome grippal: Polynésie française, Pitcairn, Wallis & Futuna ;
Fièvre prolongée: Iles Salomon.
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Cyclone tropical Pam
The Samoa Government is giving financial assistance to Tuvalu and Vanuatu to help relief efforts after Cyclone Pam.
“Children – especially those in the hardest-to-reach islands - are in serious danger right now,” says Karen Allen, UNICEF Pacific Representative. “Access to safe water remains absolutely critical – with almost all islands in Vanuatu suffering from acute water shortages – while there is a significant risk of disease because of flooding, poor sanitation and limited medical care.”
The Tuvalu government says it is trying to work out how to deal with hundreds of people still living in evacuation centres in Nui, which was entirely flooded during Cyclone Pam.
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The Red Cross in Tuvalu says relief aid has now reached all of the nine islands following Cyclone Pam.
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New York / Vanuatu, 24 mars 2015 – L’UNICEF n’a reçu que 15% des fonds nécessaires pour fournir une aide d’urgence aux milliers d’enfants et familles affectés par le passage du cyclone Pam au Vanuatu et dans d’autres îles du Pacifique. L’organisation alerte sur le manque important de financement alors même qu’elle annonce un nouvel appel humanitaire de 4,8 millions de dollars (4,3 millions d’euros), inclus dans l’appel global des Nations unies lancé aujourd’hui, d’un montant de 29,9 millions de dollars.
WHO continues to support the Ministry of Health of Vanuatu in assessing and responding to the urgent health needs left by Cyclone Pam in coordination with international partners and aid organizations.
The number of deaths caused by Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu is currently 11, based on the figure provided by the Government of Vanuatu. This number is expected to increase further as more information becomes available.
“Children – especially those in the hardest-to-reach islands - are in serious danger right now,” says Karen Allen, UNICEF Pacific Representative. “Access to safe water remains absolutely critical with almost all islands in Vanuatu suffering from acute water shortages – while there is a significant risk of disease because of flooding, poor sanitation and limited medical care.”
UN Interagency Flash Appeal launched on 24th March in Port Vila, Vanuatu, for a total amount of US$29.9.
World Tuberculosis Day reminds us all of the important work under way to eradicate this highly infectious and sometimes fatal disease, but also that more needs to be done to save lives across the Pacific and globally.
“We’ve achieved significant progress in the detection and treatment of tuberculosis cases in the Pacific region in recent years, but a renewed effort is essential to ‘reach, treat and cure everyone’,” according to a Tuberculosis Epidemiologist at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Jojo Merilles.
Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced that New Zealand will contribute a further $1 million to the Cyclone Pam response and will also help transport Fiji disaster response personnel to Vanuatu by RNZAF C-130 Hercules.
“The additional funding we have announced today will be split between Vanuatu and Tuvalu,” Mr McCully says.
“The $500,000 we are providing to Vanuatu will allow New Zealand Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) personnel to deploy and will enable us to respond to additional requests for assistance from the Vanuatu Government.
About 166,000 people, including 82,000 children on 22 islands in Vanuatu are estimated to have been affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam.
Around 75,000 people are in need of shelter; 110,000 people are without access to clean drinking water.
Food assistance has been dispatched and has now reached approximately 120,000 people.
Distribution of shelter kits for approximately 15,000 people is ongoing in the rural areas of Efate Island and has commenced on the Shepherd Islands.
This International Appeal seeks a total of CHF 5,741,776 to enable the IFRC to support the coordinated response on a preliminary basis of the Vanuatu Red Cross Society (VRCS), Kiribati Red Cross Society (KRCS), Solomon Islands Red Cross Society (SIRCS), Tuvalu Red Cross Society (TRCS) and Papua New Guinea Red Cross Society (PNGRCS) to deliver emergency assistance and longer-term support to some 81,000 people (13,400 households) following Tropical Cyclone Pam (and other storms) for a period of 24 months.
SUVA, 21 March 2015 – Despite logistical challenges posed by the impact of Tropical Cyclone Pam on small island countries in the Pacific, UN children’s agency UNICEF is delivering essential supplies to children who need them most in Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
On 13 March, Tropical Cyclone Pam caused severe damage to agriculture (crops, fisheries, livestock and forestry) in Vanuatu’s six provinces, posing an immediate and long-term threat to food security. Tafea is the worst affected province, followed by Shefa, Penama, Malampa, Torba and Sanma.
Around 80 percent of the population relies on agriculture for their livelihood. Cash crops and agriculture exports have also been heavily affected.
• WHO continues to work closely with the Ministry of Health of Vanuatu, international partners and aid organizations to assess the damage caused by Cyclone Pam and coordinate the health response.
• The number of deaths caused by the cyclone in Vanuatu has increased from 11 to 13.
This number is expected to increase further as more information becomes available.
• An initial rapid health assessment covering some parts of the country revealed the urgent need for clean drinking water, food, shelter, and medical care and supplies.