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26 Jul 2016 description
report Pacific Community

Over 20 health professionals from all six provinces of Vanuatu are in Port-Vila this week to scale up public health surveillance with the Pacific Data for Decision-Making (DDM) training programme.

The week-long training is jointly organised by Vanuatu Ministry of Health and the Pacific Community (SPC) as part of the recovery activities in response to Cyclone Pam project funded by the German Development Bank (KfW).

19 Jul 2016 description

Ministry of Agriculture Program helping Nguna, Pele & Emao farmers prepare for La Niña

We’ve all heard about and seen the effects of El Niño on Vanuatu’s food security this year: Crops dying, rivers drying up and people travelling long distances to find enough water to drink, cook and clean. But now that we are passed the El Niño period, scientists are warning that another climate extreme may be coming our way: La Niña. We are on a La Nina “Watch”, with a more than 50% likelihood of La Niña forming later in 2016 according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

16 Jul 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

by Rebecca Olul

On the night Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu, Tamanu’s family was forced to leave their home and seek shelter with relatives. When they returned, their house was destroyed. One year later, Tamanu is thriving thanks in part to the Vanuatu Society for Disabled Persons (VSDP) Early Intervention playgroup, which travels to communities like hers to reach children who need development and support services.

14 Jul 2016 description

Globally, millions of vulnerable people are experiencing increased hunger and poverty due to droughts, floods, storms and extreme temperature fluctuations as a result of a climatic occurrence: El Niño. This phenomenon is not an individual weather event but a climate pattern which occurs every two to seven years and lasts 9-12 months. The 2015/2016 occurrence is one of the most severe in a half-century and the strongest El Niño since 1997/1998 which killed some 21,000 people and caused damage to infrastructure worth US$ 36 billion.

06 Jul 2016 description

Globally, millions of vulnerable people are experiencing increased hunger and poverty due to droughts, floods, storms and extreme temperature fluctuations as a result of a climatic occurrence: El Niño. This phenomenon is not an individual weather event but a climate pattern which occurs every two to seven years and lasts 9-12 months. The 2015/2016 occurrence is one of the most severe in a half-century and the strongest El Niño since 1997/1998 which killed some 21,000 people and caused damage to infrastructure worth US$ 36 billion.

06 Jul 2016 description

The latest round-up of activities carried out by the ICRC in Papua New Guinea features an update on our work of protecting and providing relief to vulnerable and needy people.

Table of contents:

  • Protecting the vulnerable

  • Giving assistance to the needy

  • Working with PNG Red Cross

  • Awareness of the law

01 Jul 2016 description

1 July 2016, GENEVA – The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) aim to reduce disaster losses in some of the world’s most hazard prone cities with the initial aid of a €6 million grant from the EU, over the next three years. Mr. Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development said: ”Strengthening disaster risk governance is an essential part of sustainable development and a key priority of the Sendai Framework.

01 Jul 2016 description

More than a year after Cyclone Pam tore through Vanuatu, a number of schools are still being forced to use tent classrooms.

The Daily Post newspaper reported that on Tanna the Presbyterian College was still using a tent as one of its classrooms.

The school said the Minister of Education, Jean Pierre Nirua, had promised to build four new classrooms for the college and they were still waiting for the central government to deliver.

28 Jun 2016 description

CERF RELEASES ITS 2015 ANNUAL REPORT

In 2015, CERF allocated nearly US$470 million in humanitarian assistance for helping front line partners on the ground kick-start or reinforces emergency activities in 45 countries. CERF raised $409 million with the support from 59 member states.

27 Jun 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Preliminary results of the national immunisation coverage survey show evidence of improved immunisation coverage since 2013

  • The refurbished National and Shefa Provincial Vacine Storage facilities opened - facilities now meet WHO international standards

  • Training for health workers on vaccine management, disease surveillance and health education on immunisation rolled out across Vanuatu

24 Jun 2016 description

Anote Tong, former President of the Republic of Kiribati

Climate change poses the most significant moral challenge to the global community and an existential threat to the future of many communities worldwide. With the projected rise in sea levels by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of up to one metre within the century, the most vulnerable coastal communities and low-lying island states — several of which are in Pacific — face the real possibility of their islands and communities being submerged well within the next hundred years.

22 Jun 2016 description
report Pacific Community

Port Vila, 22 June 2016

A reflection on what worked well and what could be improved upon in the Government of Vanuatu’s response to tropical cyclone Pam has been released today.

The Vanuatu Lessons Learned Report is a collation of recommendations and reflections from a range of local and international representatives to improve disaster response in the region as a result of the lessons from Cyclone Pam. These recommendations were made during a workshop help in Port Vila in June 2015.

18 Jun 2016 description
report World Bank

World Bank funds further work on infrastructure damaged by Tropical Cyclone Pam

WASHINGTON, June 17, 2016 – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved US$50 million to fund further reconstruction and improvements to Vanuatu’s roads, schools and public buildings damaged by Tropical Cyclone Pam.

The Vanuatu Reconstruction and Improvement Project will fund both repairs and climate-resilient upgrades, strengthening key infrastructure across the country against future natural disasters and the impacts of climate change.

15 Jun 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Agile, resilient and sustainable supply chains for children

Improving accessibility, bridging financial gaps, generating savings and strengthening supply chains with governments

or 70 years, securing the health and wellbeing of children around the world has been at the heart of everything UNICEF says and does.

06 Jun 2016 description

Chris Bramwell, in Vanuatu - @chrisbramwell

More than a year after Cyclone Pam brought devastation to Vanuatu, many small businesses and schools are struggling to find their feet.

Read the story here.

03 Jun 2016 description

The humanitarian impact of the 2015-2016 El Niño remains deeply alarming, now affecting over 60 million people. Central America, East Africa (particularly Ethiopia), the Pacific and Southern Africa remain the most affected regions. The El Niño phenomenon is now in decline, but projections indicate the situation will worsen throughout at least the end of the year, with food insecurity caused primarily by drought not likely to peak before December. Therefore, the humanitarian impacts will last well into 2017 .

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.