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Funding cut could threaten progress with malaria control

One of Australia's leading malaria experts says the dramatic success in almost eliminating malaria from Vanuatu and Solomon Islands could be jeopardised because future funding is being cut.

In the latest allocation of funding the Global Fund dramatically cut funding for anti-malarial programs in both countries.

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Fiji + 5 others
Dengue in the Pacific Region Information Bulletin n°1

This bulletin is being issued for information only and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is not seeking funding or other assistance from donors for this operation

The Situation

The IFRC’s recently launched advocacy campaign ‘Dengue: Turning up the volume on a silent disaster’ is very timely for the Pacific, where a number of countries have been experiencing increased dengue activity or outbreaks.

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Humanitarian agencies support Tropical Cyclone Lusi response

Aid groups in Vanuatu are working alongside the Government to support the thousands of people affected by Tropical Cyclone Lusi that swept across five island provinces in mid-March.

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To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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New mapping technology aids Vanuatu planning

The Vanuatu government will now be able to plan better for future impacts of climate change and natural disasters by using new technology which can model sea level rises.

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Fiji + 4 others
World Health Day - Australia combating vector borne diseases in the Pacific

April 7 marks World Health Day. This year, World Health Day draws attention to the serious and increasing threat of vector-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue, lyme disease and yellow fever. This year’s theme—‘Small bite, big threat’—indicates the threats posed by mosquitos, flies, ticks, water snails and other vectors.

Every year over 1 billion people are infected and more than 1 million die from vector-borne diseases—more than half the world’s population is at risk.

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Remote Vanuatu residents call for more early cyclone warning systems as climate changes

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A Vanuatu aid worker says the South Pacific nation's outlying islands are most at risk from changing weather patterns brought on by climate change.

There's growing concern on the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu about the effects of climate change.

This week's report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change highlighted the impacts of rising sea-levels and ocean acidification as a result of global warming caused by human activity.

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Solomon Islands + 1 other
Jingle bells and tsunamis

Over the last couple of weeks, Australian schoolchildren have been inspired by Martina Kuibai, a teacher from the Solomon Islands, who uses nursery rhymes to teach her students how to prepare for natural disasters.

Martina has been travelling in Australia as part of Project Compassion, Caritas Australia’s annual Lenten appeal.

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Vanuatu + 8 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 25 - 31 March 2014

In Vanuatu, 11 fatalities have been confirmed after flash floods and landslides. In Sri Lanka, drought affecting 247,000 families prompts preparations for a needs assessment.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Vanuatu + 1 other
Australia’s continued response to Cyclone Lusi in Vanuatu

It has been two weeks since Cyclone Lusi hit the six provinces of Vanuatu. The Category 2 storm claimed eight lives, caused widespread flooding and damaged crops and homes.

While the impact of the disaster was devastating, the Vanuatu Government and the international community are continuing to support affected families in their time of need.

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Tropical Cyclone Lusi Information Bulletin n°2

The situation

Tropical Cyclone (TC) Lusi passed through Vanuatu during the period between 9 and 12 March, resulting in some 20,000 people affected, 8 fatalities and damages to plantations and houses. The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) reported a total of six evacuation centres being activated during and after the cyclone, however these centres have been closed as of 17 March.

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World + 13 others
US Government Launches Grant Program to Support Climate Change Initiatives in the Pacific Islands Region

The U.S. Government today launched the five-year Pacific-American Climate Fund in Suva to help communities in Pacific Island countries adapt to effects of climate change.

The US$24-million (approx. FJ$44 million) grant program will provide grants to qualifying civil society organizations (CSOs) which will implement climate change adaptation activities in twelve countries in the Pacific: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI), Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

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Tonga + 5 others
Disaster Insurance on the Agenda in the Pacific

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World Bank

NUKU’ALOFA, Tonga, March 24, 2014 --- Representatives of Cook Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, and Vanuatu attended a regional workshop last week on 20-21 March in Tonga to discuss the future of Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance (DRFI) in the region. The workshop was opened by Tonga’s Minister of Finance, Hon. Dr. ‘Asiake Valu Eke and closed by Tonga’s Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Samiu Vaipulu and His Excellency the Ambassador of Japan to Tonga.

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NGO says cyclone text alerts pay off in Vanuatu

The head of an NGO in Vanuatu says disaster training helped people to keep in touch via a text messaging network despite a temporary radio outage during Cyclone Lusi.

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Fiji + 5 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 18 - 24 March 2014

There were 12 deaths and 15,446 suspected cases of dengue fever as the outbreak has now spread to all divisions of Fiji. In Vanuatu, there is increased relief response to TC Lusi.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Chief in Vanuatu confirms deaths were from flash flood, not landslide

In Vanuatu, a custom chief from Puarante Village in South Santo says it was not a landslide that wiped his village out but a flash flood measuring about 17 metres high.

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UNICEF joins efforts to mitigate impact of Tropical Cyclone Lusi in Vanuatu

Suva, Fiji, 21 March 2014 – Two UNICEF staff based in Vanuatu are part of the humanitarian team assessing the impact of Tropical Cyclone Lusi, which impacted Vanuatu between 10 and 13 March.

The cyclone is estimated to have affected the lives of up to 20.000 people in Vanuatu, leaving 10 dead and a trail of destruction to houses and agricultural land in 5 provinces in this Pacific island nation of 225.000 people.

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Essential relief items reach cyclone-affected communities in Vanuatu

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World Vision

Essential relief items are beginning to reach remote communities most affected by Cyclone Lusi’s destruction across Vanuatu recently.

World Vision distributed goods to children and their families in Sanma province, in the north-west of the country, enabling communities to repair damage to homes, as well as to meet basic needs.