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26 May 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Diarrhoea: Fiji, Vanuatu

· Influenza-like Illness: New Caledonia

· Prolonged Fever: Solomon Islands

Other updates:

Zika virus

24 May 2016 description
report CARE

CARE Australia has today launched its online Disaster Response Depot, allowing Australians to help the organisation keep its emergency response warehouse in Brisbane stocked to meet future humanitarian crises.

CARE Australia’s Emergency Response Manager Adam Poulter said the launch comes as we’re seeing the highest levels of human suffering since the Second World War.

“Hundreds of thousands of people live in fear of natural disasters and while we can’t stop an earthquake or cyclone, we can reduce their impact,” Mr Poulter said.

23 May 2016 description
report UN Population Fund

Asia-Pacific is the most disaster-prone region in the world. It is also home to a number of long-running conflicts that exact a human toll. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) places women and girls at the center of humanitarian response. Every year the number and frequency of disasters (whether natural or conflict-related) is increasing, with millions of people displaced from their homes.

23 May 2016 description

Les syndromes suivants ont été signalés :

· Maladies diarrhéiques : États fédérés de Micronésie, Fidji, Vanuatu · Syndrome grippal : Samoa américaines, États fédérés de Micronésie

Autres relevés :

Virus Zika

· Kosrae (États fédérés de Micronésie) : Au 7 mai 2016, on dénombrait au total 78 cas d’infection à virus Zika : 11 cas confirmés en laboratoire, 1 cas probable et 66 cas suspects. Aucune femme enceinte ne figurait parmi les cas confirmés. Source : ministère de la Santé des États fédérés de Micronésie.

Conjonctivite

22 May 2016 description
report UN Women

In 2016, natural disasters and war zones have created indelible images of barbed wire barriers, endless straggling dusty lines of tired people on the move, overladen boats making hazardous sea passages, buildings destroyed by bombs, cyclones, earthquakes and fires, exhausted responders with hard hats and clipboards. These images reflect desperate flight from violence and destruction, the courage of those who stay, the courage of those who go. They make real for us the extraordinary circumstances of millions on the move.

20 May 2016 description

Vanuatu - Tropical Cyclone Pam, a Category 5 cyclone which struck Vanuatu last March 2015 was the worst natural disaster in the history of the Pacific archipelago nation, causing serious damage to infrastructure and leaving many communities in need of humanitarian assistance. Now that the emergency has passed, attention has turned to preparing for and surviving disasters.

19 May 2016 description

19/05/2016 Bangkok, Thailand

The Asia-Pacific regional office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has offered to assist countries in the region as they implement a new international agreement to address illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing (IUU).

IUU fishing is about to become much more difficult once the Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA), a ground-breaking international accord championed by FAO, enters into force early next month.

19 May 2016 description
  • As of 18 May 2016, 60 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmission (Fig. 1) of which:

  • 46 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.

19 May 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Fiji, Vanuatu · Influenza-like Illness: American Samoa, FSM

Other updates:

Zika virus

· Kosrae state, FSM: As of 07 May 2016, a total of 78 cases (suspected, probable, and confirmed) were identified. Eleven were laboratory confirmed, one probable and 66 were suspected cases. None of the confirmed Zika cases are pregnant. Source: FSM Ministry of Health.

Conjunctivitis

19 May 2016 description
report Huffington Post

It's the single biggest contributor to child mortality in the Pacific

Emily Verdouw

Just over a year ago Cyclone Pam decimated the Pacific Island of Vanuatu.

As the country continues to rebuild, it is now also dealing with the effects of drought driven by El Nino -- the dry conditions stunting the growth of crops and availability of food, leading to severe acute malnutrition amongst the islands children.

16 May 2016 description

Climate change is now recognised as a factor driving the movement of people around the world.

Internationally, migration, displacement and human mobility are recognized in the Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage, and further reinforced through the Paris Agreement in 2015. As Pacific Island countries increasingly experience the effects of climate change, more Pacific governments will need to consider options for dealing with human mobility.

13 May 2016 description

Les syndromes suivants ont été signalés :

Maladies diarrhéiques : États fédérés de Micronésie, Vanuatu Syndrome grippal : Samoa américaines, États fédérés de Micronésie Fièvre prolongée : Îles Salomon

Autres relevés :

Grippe

On observe une augmentation constante du nombre de cas déclarés à Pohnpei (États fédérés de Micronésie). Le virus grippal A (H1N1) a été identifié. Source : ministère de la Santé des États fédérés de Micronésie.

Virus Zika

12 May 2016 description

Summary

  • As of 11 May 2016, 58 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmission of which:

  • 45 countries are experiencing a first outbreak of Zika virus since 2015, with no previous evidence of circulation, and with ongoing transmission by mosquitoes.

  • 13 countries reported evidence of Zika virus transmission between 2007 and 2014, with ongoing transmission.

12 May 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

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

· Influenza-like Illness: American Samoa, FSM

· Prolonged fever: Solomon Islands

Other updates:

Influenza

· Continually increased number of cases has been reported from Pohnpei state, FSM. Influenza A (H1N1) pandemic has been identified. Source: FSM Ministry of Health.

Zika virus

11 May 2016 description
report Pacific Community

The Vanuatu Animal Disease Emergency Response Plan has been refined and updated to improve the communication and dissemination of information during emergencies.

This follows the conclusion of a workshop late last month involving participants from the Vanuatu Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Forestry and Biosecurity (MALFFB) at the Vanuatu Agriculture College in Santo.

The workshop was facilitated by the Pacific Community (SPC) in partnership with MALFFB and the Vanuatu Agriculture College.

11 May 2016 description

28 MILLION PEOPLE FORCIBLY DISPLACED BY CONFLICT AND DISASTERS IN 2015 AND MILLIONS MORE STILL INVISIBLE: IDMC NEW REPORT HIGHLIGHTS GLOBAL CRISIS OF INTERNAL DISPLACEMENT

Conflict, violence and disasters internally displaced 27.8 million people in 2015, subjecting a record number of men, women and children to the trauma and upheaval of being forcibly displaced within their own country.

10 May 2016 description

Les syndromes suivants ont été signalés :

Maladies diarrhéiques : États fédérés de Micronésie, Fidji

Syndrome grippal : Samoa américaines, États fédérés de Micronésie

Fièvre prolongée : Samoa américaines

Autres relevés :

Grippe

On observe une augmentation du nombre de cas déclarés à Pohnpei (États fédérés de Micronésie). Le virus grippal A (H1N1) pdm a été identifié. Source : ministère de la Santé des États fédérés de Micronésie.

Virus Zika

10 May 2016 description

More than fifty community consultations on tsunami preparedness and early warning system are currently benefiting residence within the Shefa province and Port Vila Municipal Council.

The consultation covered areas between Eratap and Mele Area Councils and within the five municipal ward councils of Port Vila.

The consultation sessions started early April and will end with the Luganville Municipal Council Wards and Sanma province at the end of June 2016.

The community consultations for all the five Port Vila Municipal Council areas started this week.

07 May 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

TC Winston Highlights

  • UNICEF is supporting early recovery activities and supplies in WASH, education, maternal and child health, child protection and communicating with communities

  • UNICEF is supporting MoEHA, MoMHA and i-Taukei Affairs with field monitoring of supplies and activities delivered to communities in response to TC Winston

  • U-Report is being launched as an inter-ministerial initiative that will connect Government to the voices of Fijians throughout the country