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15 Jul 2017 description
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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This performance evaluation using Case Study design and qualitative methods focused on the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research’s (NIWA) Challenge Fund (CF) Drought Risk Visualization Toolkit (DRVT) project in Solomon Islands, Samoa and Fiji. It addressed the following four theory-based evaluation questions:

  1. To what extent is NIWA achieving CF logic model results at the outcome and purpose levels in Solomon Islands, Samoa and Fiji? (Please note that these results refer to access and use of the toolkit.)

14 Jul 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Vanuatu 

Other updates

Dengue

13 Jul 2017 description

Editorial

in the month of June, the Pacific was in the spotlight at the highlevel UN Conference to Support the implementation of Sustainable development Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development), demonstrating global leadership on ocean issues with Fiji and Sweden serving as co-chairs of the meeting.

12 Jul 2017 description

Bangkok, Thailand – Six years on from the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Government of Japan has committed funding to UNDP to improve disaster risk information and carry out tsunami-awareness programmes in schools across the Asia-Pacific region. ­­­­

05 Jul 2017 description

FOREWORD

Today’s global challenges continue to grow. We currently have five ongoing emergencies ranked at the highest level of operational complexity and urgency in Iraq, Nigeria, South Sudan, in the Syria region and Yemen. While the majority of these are conflict emergencies, the frequency of natural disasters is also on the rise – with Cyclone Winston hitting Fiji in February 2016 and Hurricane Matthew striking Haiti last October. The need to strengthen preparedness and resilience is becoming more and more critical.

02 Jul 2017 description

June 26, 2017, Apia – This week in Apia, Samoa, government officials from across the Pacific joined global experts from the private sector in a regional dialogue to discuss the role of climate risk financing in the region’s resilience to climate change. The forum culminated in an agreement to submit the idea of establishing mechanisms for insurance and risk financing dedicated to addressing climate change impacts, to the Leaders meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum.

02 Jul 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Vanuatu 
  • Influenza-like illness: Nauru, Marshall Islands
  • Diarrhoea: Fiji, Nauru
  • Prolonged fever: Solomon Islands, French Polynesia, Vanuatu

Other updates

Dengue

27 Jun 2017 description

By Jonathan Fowler

PARIS, 27 June 2017 – Early warning technology is vital to save lives if a tsunami strikes, but public awareness of how to react is the critical factor, according to experts at an international meeting.

“Exposed communities need tsunami literacy,” Mr. Andi Eka Sakya of Indonesia’s BMKG Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysical Agency told the assembly of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO).

25 Jun 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Nauru, Kiribati
  • Influenza-like illness: French Polynesia

Other updates

Influenza

  • French Polynesia: Influenza B identified by the Institut Louis Malarde, French Polynesia, as the cause of the increase in the number of ILI cases on all archipelagos..

Influenza A (H7N9) virus

21 Jun 2017 description

Savaia village, on the southern coast of Upolu, is recognized by the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) as Samoa’s first Tsunami Ready community.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) and Chair of the Disaster Advisory Committee, Afioga Ulu Bismarck Crawley said that “the Tsunami Ready program is critical in identifying gaps in tsunami preparedness and response at the village level and to guide the implementation of tsunami related capacity strengthening programs.

18 Jun 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Kiribati

Other updates

Dengue

  • Nauru: dengue serotype-2 ( confirmed by the WHO Collaborating Centre for Arbovirus Reference and Research Laboratories in Queensland, Australia) outbreak appears to be ending. From January to May there have been 964 cases of which 35 were hospitalised. Of the hospitalised cases 8 had haemorrhagic features. There have been three deaths. Source: Nauru Ministry of Health.

14 Jun 2017 description

New IDB study estimates potential impact on cities and people in low-elevation coastal zones

BELIZE CITY, Belize – A new study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) estimates that 4.2 million people in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean and in the Pacific are living in areas that are prone to flooding due to rising sea levels.

12 Jun 2017 description

The two Samoas are trying to work out an agreement to address their divergence in tsunami warning systems.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

11 Jun 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati

Other updates

Dengue

  • Fiji: As of 4 June 2016, there have 1612 cases reported since January this year. Majority of the cases are from the Central and Western Health division. Dengue serotype-2 has been identified in circulation by the Institut Louis Malardé, French Polynesia.

05 Jun 2017 description

Editorial

We have come a long way from when the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) came into force, the establishment of the Global Environment Facility, the Kyoto Protocol, the adaptation Fund, recently the Paris agreement and the Green Climate Fund. Yet the same issues and challenges of accessing climate change funds by small islands remain up to day.

04 Jun 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash:Kiribati, French Polynesia

  • Diarrhoea: French Polynesia

Other updates

Acute Fever and Rash:

30 May 2017 description

Samoa is now able to access the image data from the most recent new generations of geostationary meteorological satellite as from early June 2017.

28 May 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash:American Samoa, Fiji, French Polynesia, Niue

  • Prolonged fever: Kiribati

Other updates

Dengue

  • New Caledonia: As of 31 May 2017, there have been 3,933 cases since 1 September 2016. Dengue serotype 1, 2 and 3 are in circulation. There have been 10 deaths reported. The weekly number of cases is decreasing. Source: Department of Health & Social Affairs, New Caledonia

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