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06 Mar 2017 description

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme has launched its new Strategic Plan, which will provide guidance and direction for the Secretariat over the next ten years.

The new Strategic Plan was approved at the annual SPREP meeting held last year in Niue, and has now replaced the previous five year strategic plan.

09 Feb 2017 description

Parts of low lying areas in Samoa's capital, Apia, were flooded this morning with Vaisigano River has topped its banks dumping debris and logs on the city's waterfront.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

21 Sep 2016 description

27SM Niue News: 2015 SPREP Annual Report is now launched

The SPREP Annual Report for 2015 is now available online having been presented at the 27th SPREP Meeting in Niue on Day one. The Report, available in both English and French outlines the activities and project implemented with members and partners in 2015 as the region strives to achieve the SPREP vision - a Pacific environment that sustains our livelihoods and natural heritage in harmony with our cultures.

17 Aug 2016 description

Pacific syndromic surveillance report

Week 31, ending 7 August 2016

The following syndromes have been flagged:

12 Jun 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Diarrhoea: Fiji, Vanuatu
Influenza-like Illness: Fiji

Other updates

Influenza

  • Fiji: Increased Influenza-like illness cases reported for week ending 5 June 2016.

Zika virus

  • American Samoa: As of 2 June 2016, there have been 654 cases of which 23 were laboratory confirmed (including 12 pregnant). For further details please refer to PacNet post by Fesili Foifua on 4 June 2016.

Yellow Fever

03 Jun 2016 description

Les syndromes suivants ont été signalés :

  • Maladies diarrhéiques : Fidji, Vanuatu

  • Syndrome grippal : Fidji

Autres relevés :

Grippe

  • Fidji : Un nombre accru de cas de syndrome grippal a été enregistré au cours de la semaine qui s’est achevée le 29 mai 2016.

Chikungunya

02 Jun 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Diarrhoea: Fiji, Vanuatu

· Influenza-like Illness: Fiji

Other updates:

Influenza

· Fiji: Increased Influenza-like illness cases reported for week ending 29 May 2016.

Chikungunya

· One imported case with travel history to Fiji reported by New Zealand ESR, (Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd) for the period 21/05/16–27/05/16. From 20 February to 27 May 2016 there have been 9 imported cases with travel history to Fiji reported by New Zealand ESR.

Conjunctivitis

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

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

05 May 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

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

Other updates:

Influenza

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

Zika virus

28 Apr 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Diarrhoea: Fiji, Palau, Tokelau, Wallis & Futuna

· Influenza-like Illness: American Samoa, New Caledonia

· Prolonged fever: American Samoa

Other updates:

Chikungunya

25 Apr 2016 description

Les syndromes suivants ont été signalés :

  • Maladies diarrhéiques : Niue, Tokelau

  • Syndrome grippal : Samoa américaines, Tokelau, Nouvelle-Calédonie

Autres relevés :

Chikungunya

22 Apr 2016 description

Tropical Cyclone Amos is expected to strengthen to a category three storm as it passes just north of Wallis during the night.

Read the full article on the Radio New Zealand International

19 Apr 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Acute Fever and Rash: Fiji

· Diarrhoea: Fiji

· Influenza-like Illness: Kiribati, Tokelau, New Caledonia

· Prolonged fever: Fiji, Kiribati

Other updates:

Zika virus

· Tonga: As of 27 March 2016 there have been 2420 cases since 1 January 2016. The weekly number of cases is decreasing. For further information please refer to Dr Seini Kupu’s PacNet posting on 8 April 2016.

20 Mar 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Diarrhoea: Fiji

· Influenza-like Illness: American Samoa, French Polynesia, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Samoa

· Prolonged fever: French Polynesia, Solomon Islands, Wallis and Futuna

Other updates:

Zika virus

· On 22 March, American Samoa reported 385 suspected cases of Zika virus infection and 14 confirmed cases, including 6 pregnant women. Source: Media

Conjunctivitis

· Increasing number of cases reported particularly from the Central health division of Fiji. Source: Media

18 Mar 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Acute Fever and Rash: Fiji, French Polynesia

· Diarrhoea: Fiji

· Influenza-like Illness: French Polynesia, Solomon Islands, Wallis and Futuna

· Prolonged fever: Solomon Islands

Other updates:

Zika virus

· Tonga: As of 6 March there have been 2173 cases since 1 January 2016. The weekly number of cases is decreasing. For further information, please refer to Dr Seini Kupu’s PacNet post on 14 March 2016

11 Feb 2016 description

Climate forecasters are predicting below normal rainfall levels for several Pacific Island nations over the next three months on top of an already unusually dry period.

New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) says New Caledonia and Vanuatu, which have recently experienced well below normal rainfall levels in some areas, will continue to experience below normal levels.

In what might be a slight reprieve for Papua New Guinea, which has borne the brunt of El Niño, the forecast is for normal or below normal rainfall.

22 Jan 2016 description
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El Niño threatens at least 60 million people in high-risk developing countries, WHO says

Geneva, 22 January 2016—The World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners predict a major global increase in health consequences of emergencies this year due to El Niño.

20 Nov 2015 description

As many as 4.7 million people in 13 Pacific countries (2.4 million in PNG and the total populations of the remaining Pacific nations) are at risk of adverse effects of drought including water shortages, food insecurity and disease.

Governments are taking measures to mitigate the potential impacts of the drought. The government is delivering water to drought affected areas in Fiji.

The Vanuatu government is delivering food to affected communities especially those affected by Tropical cyclone Pam.