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28 Jun 2016 description

CERF RELEASES ITS 2015 ANNUAL REPORT

In 2015, CERF allocated nearly US$470 million in humanitarian assistance for helping front line partners on the ground kick-start or reinforces emergency activities in 45 countries. CERF raised $409 million with the support from 59 member states.

28 Jun 2016 description

Foreword About 6.9 million people in Pacific island countries cannot access improved sanitation. More than 4.8 million cannot access improved water supplies. The United Nations General Assembly recognizes water and sanitation as basic human rights. The General Assembly has called upon governments and international organizations to provide financial resources, build capacity and technology transfer to provide safe, clean, accessible and affordable drinking-water and sanitation for all (UN Resolution A/RES/64/292).

27 Jun 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Preliminary results of the national immunisation coverage survey show evidence of improved immunisation coverage since 2013

  • The refurbished National and Shefa Provincial Vacine Storage facilities opened - facilities now meet WHO international standards

  • Training for health workers on vaccine management, disease surveillance and health education on immunisation rolled out across Vanuatu

24 Jun 2016 description

Anote Tong, former President of the Republic of Kiribati

Climate change poses the most significant moral challenge to the global community and an existential threat to the future of many communities worldwide. With the projected rise in sea levels by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of up to one metre within the century, the most vulnerable coastal communities and low-lying island states — several of which are in Pacific — face the real possibility of their islands and communities being submerged well within the next hundred years.

24 Jun 2016 description

Les syndromes suivants ont été signalés :

  • Maladies diarrhéiques : Fidji, Vanuatu

  • Syndrome grippal : États fédérés de Micronésie

  • Fièvre prolongée : Îles Salomon

Autres relevés :

Chikungunya

24 Jun 2016 description

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is supporting research on the experiences of the Finland-Pacific (FINPAC) Project and how it is enabling the provision and use of community-relevant multi-hazard information for disaster preparedness and climate change adaptation.

23 Jun 2016 description

 As of 22 June 2016, 61 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmission (Fig. 1) of which:

 47 countries are experiencing a first outbreak of Zika virus since 2015, with no previous evidence of circulation, and with ongoing transmission by mosquitos (Table 1).

 14 countries reported evidence of Zika virus transmission between 2007 and 2014, with ongoing transmission.

23 Jun 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Diarrhoea: Fiji, Vanuatu

· Influenza-like Illness: Federated States of Micronesia

· Prolonged fever: Solomon Islands

Other updates:

Chikungunya

· One imported case with travel history to Fiji reported by New Zealand ESR, (Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd) for the period 11/06/16–17/06/16. From 20 February to 17 June 2016 there have been 10 imported cases with travel history to Fiji reported by New Zealand ESR.

Yellow Fever

23 Jun 2016 description

A new report has spelt out the lessons learnt from Cyclone Pam, urging better warning systems and co-ordination between the Vanuatu government and community groups.

Read the full story here.

22 Jun 2016 description
report World Bank

Regional partnership to better prepare for natural disasters

FIJI, June 21, 2016 – Delegates from the Pacific region came together today to officially launch the Pacific Resilience Program (PREP) – a series of projects to strengthen Pacific Island countries’ resilience to natural disasters and climate change.

21 Jun 2016 description
report Pacific Community

Delegates from the Pacific region came together today to officially launch the Pacific Resilience Program (PREP) – a series of projects to strengthen Pacific Island countries’ resilience to natural disasters and climate change.

The project was launched as part of a three-day workshop where participants from Pacific Island governments, regional bodies and project staff will receive training to support the implementation of the programme, which will include initiatives and activities related to early warning tools, risk reduction investments and financial planning for disasters.

21 Jun 2016 description

What is El Niño?

El Niño is the warming of sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific, which occurs roughly every two to seven years, lasting from six to 24 months.

20 Jun 2016 description

Les syndromes suivants ont été signalés :

Fièvre éruptive : Tokelau Maladies diarrhéiques : Fidji, Vanuatu Syndrome grippal : Samoa américaines, Tonga, Tuvalu Fièvre prolongée : Îles Salomon

Autres relevés :

Troisième réunion du Comité d’urgence du RSI concernant le virus Zika

Le Comité s’est réuni le 14 juin 2016. L’infection à virus Zika, ainsi que les malformations congénitales et troubles neurologiques qui lui sont associés, constituent toujours une urgence de santé publique de portée internationale.

19 Jun 2016 description

Sydney, Australia | AFP | Sunday 6/19/2016 - 10:09 GMT

A 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck off the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu on Sunday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties, and no tsunami warning was issued.

Vanuatu is part of the "Ring of Fire", a zone of tectonic activity around the Pacific that is subject to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

The shallow quake struck 101 kilometres (63 miles) southwest of the town of Isangel on Tanna island, USGS said.

18 Jun 2016 description
report World Bank

World Bank funds further work on infrastructure damaged by Tropical Cyclone Pam

WASHINGTON, June 17, 2016 – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved US$50 million to fund further reconstruction and improvements to Vanuatu’s roads, schools and public buildings damaged by Tropical Cyclone Pam.

The Vanuatu Reconstruction and Improvement Project will fund both repairs and climate-resilient upgrades, strengthening key infrastructure across the country against future natural disasters and the impacts of climate change.

16 Jun 2016 description

 The third meeting of the Emergency Committee (EC) convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) regarding microcephaly, other neurological disorders and Zika virus was held by teleconference on 14 June 20161. The committee concurred with the international scientific consensus that Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and GBS, and, consequently, that Zika virus infection and its associated congenital and other neurological disorders is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).