The Solomon Islands secretary for health says the new government has made a commitment to relocating the National Referral Hospital.
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Health authorities in Solomon Islands are closely monitoring the dengue situation in the country after several suspected cases were recently reported to their surveillance unit in Honiara.
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The World Health Organisation says hospitals in the Pacific region are struggling to cope with the effects of climate change and coastal erosion.
World Bank Country Director to meet with Government
HONIARA, January 29, 2014 – The Solomon Islands Government today signed agreements with the World Bank for a sustainable fisheries project, funding support for rural poverty alleviation and flood relief, as well as continued economic and fiscal reform.
World Bank Country Director for Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands, Franz Drees-Gross signed the agreements with Solomon Islands Minister of Finance Snyder Rini in Honiara.
The Solomon Islands cabinet says it is still considering a rehabilitation package for the 2014 April flood victims.
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When it comes to disasters, climate change and the environment, the Solomon Islands is one of the South Pacific’s most vulnerable countries.
Bridges, schools, clinics, hospitals, fisheries, footpaths and roads, water supplies, sea walls, office complexes, and crops are just a few examples of infrastructure and development subject to risk.
To help combat this, a Risk Resilient Development Toolkit is being developed to help decision-makers factor risk into their planning.
The Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDM) is taking a lead role in driving these initiatives.
A three-day forum attracted representatives from government, Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), agency, and other partnering groups to address these issues, and discuss ways to help communities become less vulnerable.
Measles cases have declined in Honiara and Guadalcanal Province and appear to be declining in other provinces.
Two children from Western Province are reported to have died from measles-related complications, bringing the total death count to nine.
All provinces have either finished or are in the final stages of the Measles Vaccination Campaign.
The focus of the National Measles Vaccination Campaign is now on Rapid Coverage Assessments (RCAs) and a mop-up of all zones with coverage less than 95%
For the children of Ghavaga Kindergarten in Guadalcanal Plains, having new sanitation facilities is a first step towards a healthy physical learning environment benefiting a child’s learning and health. Last week, some 75 children and their teacher’s received two toilets, with an additional four for their community.
“This is really a big achievement for the school and our little children as water and sanitation is one of our priority development plans for the school for the next three years,” said Alice Bunia, a kindy teacher at Ghavaga Kindergarten.
No of people affected: 52,000
No of people to be assisted: 21,000
DREF allocated: CHF 158,099
Glide n° FL-2014-000045-SLB
Operation budget: CHF 684,278
Solomon Islands flash floods impact: Prolonged heavy rainfall associated with a tropical depression passing over the Solomon Islands on 3 April 2014 resulted in severe flooding in the capital Honiara and the northern Guadalcanal Plains. Associated damage was also recorded in the Guadalcanal region, together with the Makira, Malaita and Isabel Provinces.
The Solomon Islands is set to have a one-stop-shop database of maps and relevant information that shows decision-makers where risks like flooding, erosion and landslides are high.
From the data collected so far, staff in the Solomon Islands' Ministry of Environment Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDM) have observed that flooding in the Solomon Islands has been getting worse over the past few years.
Six months after devastating floods in Solomon Islands, the clean up is continuing.
22 people were killed and 9,000 left homeless when flash flooding swept Honiara and Guadalcanal Plains in April.
Since then, World Vision has been working on the recovery effort and is nearing the end of its work to fully restore water supply and sanitation.
Measles cases have declined in Honiara and Guadalcanal province (GP), however cases are increasing in the other provinces.
A six-month-old child from Western Province died due to measles-related complications, bringing the total death count to 7.
The National Measles Vaccination Campaign has commenced in Central, Guadalcanal, Malaita,
Renbel and Western provinces.
The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) issued a Flood All-Clear statement on Tuesday night.
“We have advised no further threat exists and it is now safe for people in the affected areas to move around,” NDMO chair Dr Melchoir Mataki said.
“We would like to see those living in evacuation centres or other safe areas, who can safely do so, return to their homes.
“We will assess their needs from their homes and do all we can to assist them.
“We offer our deepest sympathies to those families affected by this tragedy.
by George Herming
A two days workshop on the “lessons learned” following the April Floods in Honiara and parts of Guadalcanal is underway in Honiara.
The workshop brings together a diverse group of people and organizations who have been involved in and still involved in the disaster management operations of the April Floods.
Workshop participants were drawn from a range of stakeholders including Government Agencies, the Donor Community, International Humanitarian Agencies and NGOs.
Farmers who lost crops and livestock during April’s flash floods are beginning to receive assistance under one of several different programs.
Those who need the most help are being prioritized, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL).
Over the long term, MAL will try and help everyone whose livelihoods were damaged or destroyed.
“Right now we want to make sure the worst-affected farmers receive the assistance that will help them the most,” MAL Extension Services Director Michael Ho’ota said.