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28 Mar 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Three hospitals in Tafea Province, Sanma Province and Efate Island now have capacity to treat severely malnourished children.

  • The distribution of hygiene kits, jerry cans and other water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) items is ongoing, currently covering 50-60 per cent of the affected population.

  • Schools are scheduled to reopen. UNICEF is dispatching temporary learning spaces, education supplies, including Early Childhood Education and Recreation kits.

27 Mar 2015 description

By Madeline Wilson and Patrick Fuller

Two weeks have passed since Cyclone Pam and two other tropical storms struck the Pacific, bringing destructive winds, heavy rains and tidal surges which caused widespread devastation affecting well over 100,000 people in Vanuatu and four other Pacific nations – Tuvalu, Kiribati, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. In response, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched an appeal to help 81,000 people across the region.

27 Mar 2015 description

Veuillez trouver ci-joint le rapport de surveillance syndromique du Pacifique pour la semaine 12 qui s’est achevée le 22 mars 2015.

Les alertes suivantes ont été signalées:

  • Diarrhée: Polynésie française, Pitcairn ;

  • Syndrome grippal: Polynésie française, Pitcairn, Wallis & Futuna ;

  • Fièvre prolongée: Iles Salomon.

Autres mises à jour:

Cyclone tropical Pam

26 Mar 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • “Children – especially those in the hardest-to-reach islands - are in serious danger right now,” says Karen Allen, UNICEF Pacific Representative. “Access to safe water remains absolutely critical – with almost all islands in Vanuatu suffering from acute water shortages – while there is a significant risk of disease because of flooding, poor sanitation and limited medical care.”

26 Mar 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Diarrhoea: French Polynesia, Pitcairn Islands

  • Influenza-like illness: French Polynesia, Pitcairn Islands, Wallis & Futuna

  • Prolonged Fever: Solomon Islands

Other updates:

Tropical Cyclone Pam

25 Mar 2015 description

The Kiribati government says a boat carrying aid supplies for outer islands worst affected by Cyclone Pam found there was much more damage than initially reported.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

25 Mar 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

By Catherine Wilson

Mar 24 2015 (IPS) - As Pacific Islanders contemplate the scale of devastation wrought by Cyclone Pam this month across four Pacific Island states, including Vanuatu, leaders in the region are calling with renewed urgency for global action on climate finance, which they say is vital for building climate resilience and arresting development losses.

25 Mar 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

New York / Vanuatu, 24 mars 2015 – L’UNICEF n’a reçu que 15% des fonds nécessaires pour fournir une aide d’urgence aux milliers d’enfants et familles affectés par le passage du cyclone Pam au Vanuatu et dans d’autres îles du Pacifique. L’organisation alerte sur le manque important de financement alors même qu’elle annonce un nouvel appel humanitaire de 4,8 millions de dollars (4,3 millions d’euros), inclus dans l’appel global des Nations unies lancé aujourd’hui, d’un montant de 29,9 millions de dollars.

24 Mar 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • “Children – especially those in the hardest-to-reach islands - are in serious danger right now,” says Karen Allen, UNICEF Pacific Representative. “Access to safe water remains absolutely critical with almost all islands in Vanuatu suffering from acute water shortages – while there is a significant risk of disease because of flooding, poor sanitation and limited medical care.”

  • UN Interagency Flash Appeal launched on 24th March in Port Vila, Vanuatu, for a total amount of US$29.9.

24 Mar 2015 description

World Tuberculosis Day reminds us all of the important work under way to eradicate this highly infectious and sometimes fatal disease, but also that more needs to be done to save lives across the Pacific and globally.

“We’ve achieved significant progress in the detection and treatment of tuberculosis cases in the Pacific region in recent years, but a renewed effort is essential to ‘reach, treat and cure everyone’,” according to a Tuberculosis Epidemiologist at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Jojo Merilles.

23 Mar 2015 description

Highlights

  • About 166,000 people, including 82,000 children on 22 islands in Vanuatu are estimated to have been affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam.

  • Around 75,000 people are in need of shelter; 110,000 people are without access to clean drinking water.

  • Food assistance has been dispatched and has now reached approximately 120,000 people.

  • Distribution of shelter kits for approximately 15,000 people is ongoing in the rural areas of Efate Island and has commenced on the Shepherd Islands.

23 Mar 2015 description

Summary

This International Appeal seeks a total of CHF 5,741,776 to enable the IFRC to support the coordinated response on a preliminary basis of the Vanuatu Red Cross Society (VRCS), Kiribati Red Cross Society (KRCS), Solomon Islands Red Cross Society (SIRCS), Tuvalu Red Cross Society (TRCS) and Papua New Guinea Red Cross Society (PNGRCS) to deliver emergency assistance and longer-term support to some 81,000 people (13,400 households) following Tropical Cyclone Pam (and other storms) for a period of 24 months.

23 Mar 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

SUVA, 21 March 2015 – Despite logistical challenges posed by the impact of Tropical Cyclone Pam on small island countries in the Pacific, UN children’s agency UNICEF is delivering essential supplies to children who need them most in Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

23 Mar 2015 description

Highlights

  • On 13 March, Tropical Cyclone Pam caused severe damage to agriculture (crops, fisheries, livestock and forestry) in Vanuatu’s six provinces, posing an immediate and long-term threat to food security. Tafea is the worst affected province, followed by Shefa, Penama, Malampa, Torba and Sanma.

  • Around 80 percent of the population relies on agriculture for their livelihood. Cash crops and agriculture exports have also been heavily affected.

22 Mar 2015 description

Highlights

  • Approximately 14,000 homes have been reported to be destroyed or damaged throughout the provinces of Penama, Malampa, Shefa and Tafea.

  • While food and water supplies have been reaching people on the 22 affected islands, more is still required.

  • Initial food packages have been dispatched to Erromango,
    Tanna, Aniwa, Futuna and Epi islands, serving approximately 7,400 households.

22 Mar 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Interviews are available with UNICEF staff working on the emergency response to Cyclone Pam

NEW UPDATES:

21 Mar 2015 description

Highlights

  • Vanuatu’s President has declared a State of Emergency across all six provinces of Vanuatu.

  • Shelter, food, health and water, sanitation and health (WASH) remain key needs.

  • Half of Vanuatu’s population, spread over 22 islands, has been affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam.

  • 166,000 people are estimated to be in need of food assistance for the next three months.