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25 Aug 2016 description

KEY UPDATES

  • Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:

  • None

  • Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:

  • Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Haiti

18 Aug 2016 description

General inflation in the region in June was estimated at 3.9 percent, and food inflation was 4.9 percent.

  • Sri Lanka recorded the highest monthly food price increase in the Asia-Pacific region in June, with a rise of 4.3 percent compared to May.

  • Afghanistan reported higher prices for wheat flour (high and low quality) and rice (low quality) compared to a month and a year ago.

17 Aug 2016 description

Pacific syndromic surveillance report

Week 31, ending 7 August 2016

The following syndromes have been flagged:

11 Aug 2016 description

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye has announced the next phase of a project funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade (MFAT) and delivered by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM), aimed at helping Samoa build its resilience to natural hazards.

“There’s a longstanding relationship between MCDEM and Samoa’s National Disaster Management Office (NDMO). The $750,000 package announced tonight will support this ongoing partnership and further strengthen Samoa’s disaster risk management programme,” says Ms Kaye.

10 Aug 2016 description

Executive Summary

Purpose

The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) commissioned Adam Smith International to conduct an independent evaluation of its country programmes in the Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tokelau. The evaluation assessed the quality of New Zealand’s aid delivery, the results of its programme of assistance, and suggested ways New Zealand could better support the above countries.

The Key Evaluation Question is:

04 Aug 2016 description

As of 3 August 2016, 68 countries and territories (Fig. 1, Table 1) have reported evidence of mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission since 2007 (65 of these countries and territories have reported evidence of mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission since 2015):

 51 countries and territories with a first reported outbreak from 2015 onwards (Table 1).

 Four countries are classified as having possible endemic transmission or have reported evidence of local mosquito-borne Zika infections in 2016.

03 Aug 2016 description

Climate Change Matters.

The month of July has brought new and expanding partnerships for SPREP as you will read between SPREP and the Australian Government’s key research institution: the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and a second with German Government’s international aid agency (GIZ). We are working together to strengthen support to Pacific island countries’ national efforts to tackle climate change and ultimately improve their overall resilience.

29 Jul 2016 description

Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and the Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Masakazu Hamachi, will sign the exchange of notes for the Pacific Climate Change Centre Project under Japan’s Grant Aid Assistance today.

The estimated cost of the project is $23,000,000 (US$8.7 million).

28 Jul 2016 description

 As of 27 July 2016, 67 countries and territories have reported evidence of mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission since 2007 (64 of these countries and territories have reported evidence of mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission since 2015):

 50 countries and territories with a first reported outbreak from 2015 onwards.

 Four countries are classified as having possible endemic transmission or have reported evidence of local mosquito-borne Zika infections in 2016.

25 Jul 2016 description

The charity Habitat for Humanity says it plans a surge in the number of houses it builds in the next six months, in the face of more severe cyclones in the region.

Read the report here.