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Chikungunya Outbreak in Samoa: Situational Report Issue 4 –1/9/14

Over 4 weeks, we have a cumulative total of 433 cases (Attack rate of 2.3 per 1,000)

The case definition used is “acute fever and multiple joint pains” with or without a rash.

Mass gathering surveillance for SIDS conference spearheaded by SPC has started on 26/8/14

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Cachée sous nos yeux : Une analyse statistique de la violence envers les enfants

De nouvelles données recueillies au niveau mondial mettent en évidence la prévalence de la violence envers les enfants, déclare l’UNICEF

NEW YORK, 4 septembre 2014 – La plus importante collecte de données jamais effectuée sur la violence envers les enfants révèle l’ampleur stupéfiante des sévices physiques, sexuels et psychologiques qu’ils subissent et met en évidence les attitudes qui perpétuent et justifient cette violence, véritablement « cachée sous nos yeux » dans chaque pays et communauté du monde.

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UN Conference in Samoa Generates More than US $1.9 Billion in Partnerships Tackling Such Issues as Climate Change, Environmental Protection and Access to Energy

The Conference reaffirmed the need to consider the special circumstances faced by small island developing states in achieving sustainable development.

Apia, 4 September - Nearly 300 partnerships between governments, businesses and civil society organizations from all over the world have been registered to support small island developing states bringing the total value of these commitments to over USD $1.9 billion, the United Nations announced today at the conclusion of the Third Conference on Small Island Developing States.

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IFRC and SPREP sign partnership to improve climate information and reduce disaster risk for Pacific Islanders

4 September, 2014 Apia, Samoa - Today the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) signed a historic partnership agreement that aims to improve the way in which weather and climate information is delivered, understood and acted on, by communities living with the everyday impacts of climate change.

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Struggling to Find Water in the Vast Pacific

By Catherine Wilson

LOTOFAGA VILLAGE, Samoa, Sep 1 2014 (IPS) - Pacific Island states are surrounded by the largest ocean in the world, but inadequate fresh water sources, poor infrastructure and climate change are leaving some communities without enough water to meet basic needs.

Laisene Nafatali lives in Lotofaga village, home to 5,000 people on the south coast of Upolu, the main island of Samoa, a Polynesian island state located northeast of Fiji in the central South Pacific region.

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Involve communities and the media in communicating climate information

By PACNEWS Editor, Makereta Komai in Samoa

Early lessons gained from a regional project to strengthen the link between National Meteorological Service and the communities indicate the need to communicate weather information and how it impacts the population in a simple and timely manner.

Part of the strategy is to allow people at the community level to take ownership of the information and empower their people to make choices that will protect them in any extreme weather event.

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SIDS challenged to invest in climate services

By PACNEWS Editor Makereta Komai in Samoa

Leaders of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have been challenged to priorities investment in their meteorology and climate services because the end profit saves lives and properties.

That’s the advice of Cuba’s Weather Forecasting Services director, Dr Jose Rubeira, whose 20 years experience and strategies have saved thousands of lives and millions of dollars in economic losses.

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Tsunami-hit community honours Ban with 'chief' title

UN News Service

31 August 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was on Sunday given the title of 'Tupua' or 'chief' in south-eastern Samoa by villagers whose homes had been struck by a tsunami nearly five years ago.

Wearing traditional 'siapo lavalava' around his waist and a beaded 'palefuiono' with feathers on his head, the Secretary-General sat across from Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi in a roofed social centre in Siupapa, a sub-village of Saleapaga.

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Samoan PM calls on Canberra to do more to tackle climate change

Samoa's prime minister has issued an impassioned plea on behalf all Pacific nations for more help to cope with climate change and he has called on Australia, to lift its focus from the federal budget and lead the way.

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U.S. helps to combat chikungunya in Samoa

By Online Editor 10:24 pm GMT+12, 26/08/2014, Samoa

The United States of America Army Reserves are assisting Samoa’s health sector to combat the chikungunya epidemic sweeping the country.

This help comes as the Ministry of Health’s C.E.O, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri reports that 269 cases of the virus have been detected.

“(The) U.S. Army Reserve (U.S.A.R.) (is) assisting with clinical and port health response,” he said. “(They) are based at Faleolo Health Centre.”

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Chikungunya Outbreak in Samoa: Situational Report Issue 3 – 23/8/14

Over 3 weeks, we have a cumulative total of 308 cases (Attack rate of 1.6 per 1,000)

The case definition used is “acute fever and multiple joint pains” with or without a rash.

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Samoa sprays airports to stop chikungunya

Samoa is spraying its airports ahead of the Small Island Developing States conference to fight the spread of chikungunya.

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Samoa moves to tackle chikungunya

A mass clean up campaign gets underway in Samoa today to stop the spread of the mosquito-borne chikungunya disease.

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PROE Rapport annuel 2013

Message du Président

L’année écoulée a été synonyme d’avancée pour le PROE, et les Membres comme le Secrétariat peuvent s’enorgueillir à juste titre des progrès et des réalisations accomplis.

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SPREP Annual Report 2013

SPREP launches 2013 Annual Report

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is pleased to advise that the 2013 SPREP Annual Report is now available online. In 2013 SPREP celebrated the 20th anniversary of the signing of the SPREP Treaty, which established the Secretariat as an autonomous body.

Mr David Sheppard, Director General of SPREP explains that there was a lot to celebrate during this anniversary year:

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Coast to Coast: Ridge to Reef: Community-Based Coastal Protection in Samoa



Tropical Cyclone Evan in 2012 was the most severe storm to hit the island nation of Samoa in more than 20 years. NASA satellites occasionally observe “storm-cells as tall as the one in the eyewall of Evan… over land, but before the TRMM [Tropical Rainfall Monitoring Mission] satellite, they were not thought to occur over ocean”. Tropical Cyclones are exacerbated by climate change; warmer, moister air “lowers the surface pressure and encourages intensification of the winds circling the eye”.

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Chickungunya outbreak in Samoa confirmed

Samoa's Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Health Leausa Dr. Take Naseri confirmed that Samoa is now facing an outbreak of the Chickungunya virus and the public is cautioned to join the national campaign in reducing breeding sites for mosquitos, the carriers of the virus.

Last Saturday the Ministry received the results of the 20 suspected cases sent to the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in Noumea for testing.

“Of the 20 specimens tested, 08 came back positive and 14 negative,” Leausa said in a press conference.

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Chikungunya Outbreak in Samoa: Situational Report Issue 2 –15/8/14

Over 2 weeks, we have a cumulative total of 196 cases (Attack rate of 1.0 per 1,000)

The case definition used was acute fever and rash (AFR).

Since confirmation that chikungunya is circulating in Samoa in the weekend, we have now refined it to chikungunya like illness of “acute fever and multiple joint pains”. To date, there have been 4 admissions, with 2 related deaths