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31 Aug 2016 description

Type of system: Indago Multi-copter Microdrones by Lockheed Martin, 960L by Allign, Phantom 2 Vision+ by DJI and Fixed wing model UX-5 by Trimble
Deploying agency: World Bank
Piloting agency: Heliwest, Australia, and X-Craft, New Zealand, coordinated by UAViators
Dates of Deployment: 28 March to 12 April 2015
Authors: Patrick Meier, Denise Soesilo

Summary

25 Aug 2016 description

KEY UPDATES

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

  • 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:

  • Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Haiti

23 Aug 2016 description

Description

The development objective of the Infrastructure Reconstruction and Improvement Project for Vanuatu is to reconstruct and/or improve the disaster and climate resilience of selected public sector assets in provinces impacted by Tropical Cyclone (TC) Pam, and to provide immediate and effective response to an Eligible Crisis or Emergency.

22 Aug 2016 description

Pacific women's voices crucial for disaster management.

The region is often hit by natural disasters with major cyclones devastating Vanuatu and Fiji in the past 18 months.

Aleta Miller of the UN Women's Fiji office says women are more affected than men in the aftermath and should be included in disaster management planning.

But she said aid agencies often cast women as victims first and risk ignoring what is truly needed.

17 Aug 2016 description

Pacific syndromic surveillance report

Week 31, ending 7 August 2016

The following syndromes have been flagged:

11 Aug 2016 description
report CARE

By CARE Australia

As we mark six months since Cyclone Winston devastated Fiji, CARE Australia’s Emergency Response Manager Adam Poulter reflects on the pattern of severe storms that is becoming the new normal.

We have crossed the threshold. Gone are the days when catastrophic cyclones were a once in a lifetime event.

A couple of years ago it would have been inconceivable to have multiple category-five mega-storms hitting Australia’s neighbours in so short a time. But that is today’s reality.

04 Aug 2016 description

As of 3 August 2016, 68 countries and territories (Fig. 1, Table 1) have reported evidence of mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission since 2007 (65 of these countries and territories have reported evidence of mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission since 2015):

 51 countries and territories with a first reported outbreak from 2015 onwards (Table 1).

 Four countries are classified as having possible endemic transmission or have reported evidence of local mosquito-borne Zika infections in 2016.

03 Aug 2016 description

Climate Change Matters.

The month of July has brought new and expanding partnerships for SPREP as you will read between SPREP and the Australian Government’s key research institution: the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and a second with German Government’s international aid agency (GIZ). We are working together to strengthen support to Pacific island countries’ national efforts to tackle climate change and ultimately improve their overall resilience.

02 Aug 2016 description

They call it the most disaster-prone country on earth: a scattered collection of islands in the Pacific Ring of Fire, beset by tropical cyclones, floods, droughts, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Yet Vanuatu, like 70 per cent of countries across Asia and the Pacific, does not have comprehensive laws in place to guide international disaster assistance and response. Disaster law is a complex and emerging field, frequently overlooked by both governments and humanitarian agencies. Yet the absence of a legal framework can compound the suffering of communities when disasters strike.

02 Aug 2016 description

The Vanuatu Government is setting up a new building to consolidate all Cyclone Pam recovery projects in the one office.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

01 Aug 2016 description

KEY FACTS & FIGURES

The Latest Crises: March 2015

Activation of Cluster: February 2015 (pre-crisis)

Cluster management arrangements: Strategic Advisory Group

Frequency of cluster meetings: MONTHLY

16 Total cluster partners

8 IOs & INGOs with permanent presence in the country

8 Local NGOs

01 Aug 2016 description

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP) partnership is further enhanced through the signing of a new financing agreement to strengthen the Pacific Climate Change Portal (PCCP).

Signed on 14 July, 2016 during the 19th Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation Annual Meeting in Fiji, the agreement spans 12 months and will allow for the PCCP team to continue ongoing maintenance and update content update of the Pacific portal .

29 Jul 2016 description

A new Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) will explore a range of different collaborative opportunities that achieve shared outcomes which will be of benefit to SPREP members.

The MOU was signed in Melbourne on 8 July by Mr Kosi Latu, Director-General of SPREP, and Dr Alex Wonhas, Executive-Director, CSIRO Environment, Energy and Resources.

28 Jul 2016 description

 As of 27 July 2016, 67 countries and territories have reported evidence of mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission since 2007 (64 of these countries and territories have reported evidence of mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission since 2015):

 50 countries and territories with a first reported outbreak from 2015 onwards.

 Four countries are classified as having possible endemic transmission or have reported evidence of local mosquito-borne Zika infections in 2016.

26 Jul 2016 description
report Pacific Community

Over 20 health professionals from all six provinces of Vanuatu are in Port-Vila this week to scale up public health surveillance with the Pacific Data for Decision-Making (DDM) training programme.

The week-long training is jointly organised by Vanuatu Ministry of Health and the Pacific Community (SPC) as part of the recovery activities in response to Cyclone Pam project funded by the German Development Bank (KfW).

22 Jul 2016 description
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) and partners established a definition of what constitutes an outbreak, endemic transmission, and the interruption of mosquito-borne transmission in order to better characterize the level of transmission of Zika virus infection (Table 1, Fig. 2). This classification system was put into use as of the situation report of 7 July 2016.

19 Jul 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

Cyclone Winston struck Fiji in early 2016; it was the strongest cyclone to ever make land fall in the South Pacific, and affected more than half of the country. The impact of this cyclone, subsequent storms and in other countries, drought, continues to be felt directly by children through greatly reduced food availability, damages to water and sanitation systems, and damages to schools and health centres.

19 Jul 2016 description

The Asia-Pacific region is one of the most disaster-prone areas in the world, with frequently occurring natural disasters including earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical storms, flooding, landslides and volcanic eruptions affecting millions of people every year.