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26 May 2017 description

WHY A REGIONAL FOCUS MODEL?

A key challenge faced by humanitarian agencies is how to ensure that limited available resources are allocated where they are most needed and are efficiently delivered in a principled manner. Decisions to allocate resources must strike a balance between meeting the immediate needs of crisis affected communities and supporting efforts to strengthen resilience and response preparedness to future emergencies.

19 May 2017 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • The World Bank Group (WBG) will invest a minimum of $3.5 million over five years in innovations designed to prevent and respond to GBV

  • Ten teams were recently awarded a total of $1.1 million to support innovations in gender-based violence (GBV) in low and middle income countries

  • Winning proposals include research on sexual harassment on college campuses and community-led prevention projects

15 May 2017 description

More emergency supplies including bottled water and medical equipment are being shipped to the areas in Vanuatu worst affected by Cyclone Donna.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

11 May 2017 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

• Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)

Other updates:

Dengue

• New Caledonia: As of 3 May 2017, there have been 3,429 cases since 1 September 2016. Dengue serotype 1, 2 and 3 are in circulation. Source: Direction des affaires sanitaires et sociales de Nouvelle-Calédonie.

• Vanuatu: dengue serotype-2 outbreak appears to be slowing down with 2,838 cases as of 4 May 2017, including 147 (5%) hospitalisations (since Nov 2016). The weekly number of cases is decreasing. Source: Vanuatu MoH

08 May 2017 description

08/05/2017 Suva, Fiji Preparing for and responding to natural disasters as they affect access to food for millions of people in the Pacific Islands was a major theme at the first-ever meeting of the Regional Pacific Food Security Cluster Forum in Nadi, Fiji that took place from 26 to 28 April.

The joint FAO/WFP meeting of some 50 representatives from governments, non-governmental and UN organizations, was jointly hosted by the FAO and WFP Food Security Cluster co-lead Coordinators.

05 May 2017 description

Dear Colleagues,

This is an OCHA Flash Update on Tropical Cyclone Donna.

TC Donna has been moving west-southwest at about 15km/hour and is anticipated to remain as a category 3 system.

03 May 2017 description
  • A new Tropical Cyclone formed over the Southwestern Pacific Ocean close to Solomon islands on 2 May and started moving east-southeast as a Tropical Storm. On 3 May at 6.00 UTC it center was located approx. 480 km north-east of Sola city (Vanua Lava island, Torba province, Vanuatu) and it had max. sustained winds speed of 93 km/h (Tropical Storm).
03 May 2017 description

Executive summary

This report summarises the performance of the Australian aid program in 2014-15. It reviews progress with implementation of the Government’s policy and performance framework for the aid program.
Chapter 1 reviews progress towards the 10 strategic targets set by the Government to assess the performance of the aid program as a whole. Good progress has been made against the strategic targets.

02 May 2017 description

NADI – Preparing for and responding to natural disasters as they affect access to food for millions of people in the Pacific Islands, is one of the major themes that was discussed at the first-ever meeting of the Regional Pacific Food Security Cluster in Nadi, Fiji this week.

The meeting of some 50 representatives from governments, non-governmental and UN organizations, was jointly hosted by Food Security Cluster co-lead Coordinators: the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

02 May 2017 description

Editorial

Climate Change Matters in this edition celebrates the handing over of the Pacific Greenhouse Gas abatement Programme through renewable Energy (PiGGarEP) projects in Palau and tuvalu. the excellent outcomes from both Palau and tuvalu need to be replicated in other communities and in remote outer islands. it’s at these times that we ask ourselves - “is the pilot approach to building resiliency in the Pacific the best approach? What happens to the many communities and outer islands with similar issues? do they need the same interventions?”.

02 May 2017 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

· Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Kiribati

· Influenza-like illness: FSM, Kiribati, Niue

Other updates:

Dengue

21 Apr 2017 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 16-22 April 2017 and includes updates on influenza, cholera, poliomyelitis, measles, legionnaires' disease and yellow fever.

21 Apr 2017 description

Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:

This update details progress of the operation from its commencement on 9 December 2016 until 31 March 2017. Due to a lower actual number of non-food item (NFI) distributions and therefore reduced replenishment requirements than anticipated at the time of the DREF request, and further reconciliation of the stock up to early April, this update extends the operation timeframe to 31 May 2017 to allow:

19 Apr 2017 description

INTRODUCTION

To save lives and protect livelihoods, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) supports governments in strengthening their emergency preparedness and response capacities to mitigate the effects of disasters and reduce their impacts on vulnerable populations. This includes building capacities in logistics, supply chain management and communication technologies; strengthening risk reduction tools through Social Safety Net programmes; and bolstering sustainable food security and nutrition solutions.

12 Apr 2017 description

SUVA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), in its role as lead of the Pacific Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC), has joined with the Fiji National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) to support a High Frequency Radio Communication System training course. High Frequency (HF) radio is a technology that provides backup communications capability during emergencies when other communication systems may be down.