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Health ministry responds with free measles vaccination

by George Herming

Given the suspected measles outbreak, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) and World Health Organization (WHO) remind parents to have their children immunized with the free vaccination available in Solomon Islands.

“Measles is a highly contagious and deadly disease, but can be easily prevented with a vaccine”, said Dr. Lester Ross, Permanent Secretary of MHMS.

“The measles vaccine is safe, effective and free. It is at available at local health clinics in Solomon Islands”, added Dr. Ross.

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Tonga + 12 others
Pacific Islands Humanitarian Bulletin, July 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

• El Niño alert issued, with meteorologists estimating a 70 per cent chance of event developing by late 2014.

• OCHA and the Pacific Humanitarian Team responded to five emergencies between November 2013 and May 2014.

• Recovery efforts in cyclone-affected Tonga include a cash-for-work programme focusing on food security and debris management.

• A study of the Pacific Humanitarian Team response in the Solomon Islands finds coordination support appreciated, but improved communication and assessments needed.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Health Alert: Suspected Measles Outbreak; Honiara, Solomon Islands, 23 July 2014

Summary

In the past 3 weeks there have been 9 cases of suspected measles notified to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) National Surveillance Unit.

Cases are in children too young to be vaccinated (age less than 1 year) and young adults.

The first case was a 21 year old female who acquired her infection in Papua New Guinea (PNG). This was confirmed as measles. There has been a significant measles outbreak in PNG over the past 2 years.

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Solomon Islands / Pacific: Flash Floods Revised Emergency Appeal n° MDRSB003

21,000 people to be assisted

DREF allocated: CHF 158,099

Glide n° FL-2014-000045-SLB

Appeal timeframe: 9 months

Appeal budget: CHF 684,278

Issued: 16 July 2014

End date: 11 January 2015

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Meningococcal outbreak may be contained - Solomon Islands Health

Health officials in Solomon Islands are cautiously optimistic that the risk of an outbreak of meningococcal disease following the deaths of four children in Makira province has diminished.

Dr Tenneth Dalipanda from the Solomon Islands Ministry of Health and Medical Services says the children who died were all under the age of 12 and lived close to one another.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

© ABC

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Philippines + 5 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 8 - 14 July 2014

Authorities declare a state of calamity as food packs are provided to the 160,000 people affected by the floods in Maguindanao province of the Philippines.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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UNICEF Solomon Islands Humanitarian Response and Recovery Update #3 - Reporting period: 11 June - 10 July 2014

Highlights

  • UNICEF Deputy Executive Director New York, Yoka Brandt and Regional Director for East Asia and Pacific Regional Office Daniel Toole visited Solomon Islands from 22 to 24 June; during part of their visit they went to an affected community and to an evacuation/transitional centre, and talked with residents there.

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Solomons floods: three months on

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Oxfam

Emergency relief phase

In consultation with Solomon Islands government and other NGOs, Oxfam launched an immediate response to the floods, including assessing damage and providing technical expertise to evacuation centre management. Oxfam has tabled safety and protection issues of affected people to government, NGOs and UN agencies.

Water, sanitation and hygiene

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WHO donates medicines and medical supplies for 50 000 people to Solomon Islands

HONIARA, 10 July 2014 - Dr Shin Young-soo, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for the Western Pacific, visited Solomon Islands and the National Referral Hospital to offer WHO support for major public health challenges and to donate an emergency health kit to replenish supplies used during the recent floods.

The emergency health kit is the first of five kits to be provided by WHO to Solomon Islands. Each kit contains essential medicines, supplies and equipment designed to cover the health needs of 10 000 people for three months.

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Solomon Islands: Flash Floods - Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 25 June 2014)

There are over 1,000 people remaining in three 3 evacuation centres in Honiara following floods, with the Government encouraging home returns and the allocation of support based on levels of household impact.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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World + 44 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 18-24 June

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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World + 40 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 12-17 June 2014

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Health Ministry responds to nationwide diarrhoea outbreak

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) has declared a nationwide diarrhoea outbreak.

Outbreaks of diarrhoea have affected over one thousand people and have resulted in at least 16 deaths in young children in the past two weeks.

These outbreaks have been reported in six provinces, including Guadalcanal, Western Province, Choiseul, Malaita, Central and Makira.

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Sri Lanka + 7 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 10 - 16 June 2014

Following flash floods and landslides caused by above average monsoon rains in Sri Lanka, the Disaster Management Centre reports 27 deaths, nine injuries and 104,000 people affected.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Solomon Islands: Flash Floods Situation Report No. 10 (as of 12 June 2014)

Highlights

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Rotavirus claims more in Solomons

Save the Children in Solomon Islands says two more children have died from rotavirus in the past week in Western Province.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

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24 cases of leprosy confirmed in Solomon Islands

Save the Children in Solomon Islands says there's an outbreak of leprosy affecting 24 people living in displaced people's centres in Honiara.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

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World + 37 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 4 - 11 June

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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UNICEF Solomon Islands Humanitarian Response and Recovery Update #2 - Reporting period: 7 May - 10 June 2014

UNICEF continues to support the Government with WASH cluster coordination through sanitation rehabilitation, health services and an emergency feeding program in schools.

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Solomon Islands diarrhoea deaths require rapid coordinated response

Report
Oxfam

Solomon Islands Ministry of Health has released a nationwide health alert following the fatalities — all children under the age of five — with reports that 1000 people had contracted the diarrhoea-causing rotavirus, and case numbers are expected to rise.

Minimising risk

Oxfam Solomon Islands Country Director Katie Greenwood said it was believed the virus had broken out in flood-affected Honiara and spread across six provinces, and it was essential there now be a swift, coordinated response to contain the disease.