Pacific Island Countries
The Pacific is one of the most disaster-prone regions on earth. Climate change is contributing to tropical cyclones, floods, drought and rising sea levels which have resulted in chronic emergency conditions and in an increase in intensity and frequency of acute emergencies. It has also rendered the people of the Pacific Island Countries (PICs) vulnerable to the impacts of natural disasters, especially the poor, who are more exposed, thus less able to reduce risk and to recover from disasters.
Solomon Islands foreign minister, Milner Tozaka has thanked his United Arab Emirates (UAE) counterpart. His Highness sheikh Abdullah bin zayed Bin Sultan al Nahyan for the generous contribution of US$200,000 towards assistance to rehabilitate Solomon Islanders from the impact of tropical cyclone Pam.
The assistance was transmitted to Solomon Islands National Disaster Council last week.
Foreign Minister Tozaka said the gesture by UAE demonstrates the strong and firm relations that exist between the two countries.
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.
Rapid assessment findings indicate that 166,000 people in Vanuatu require some form of humanitarian aid. Assessments continue in other countries affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam.
The GoRV and the UN launched a $30 million flash appeal for the humanitarian response in Vanuatu on March 24.
Under the leadership of host governments, the international community continues to respond to identified humanitarian needs in storm-affected countries.
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.
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
In the wake of Cyclone Pam, the United States Government immediately issued disaster declarations from U.S. Embassy Port Moresby and has since donated a total of $1.4 million in assistance to Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that the United States contributed $1,000,000 through the USAID Food for Peace (FFP) program to the World Food Program (WFP) to support the immediate food security needs of affected populations in Solomon Islands and Vanuatu over the coming three month period.
“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.”
The following syndromes have been flagged:
Diarrhoea: French Polynesia, Pitcairn Islands
Influenza-like illness: French Polynesia, Pitcairn Islands, Wallis & Futuna
Prolonged Fever: Solomon Islands
Tropical Cyclone Pam
World Vision has begun preparing relief items to distribute to families affected by Cyclone Pam in Solomon Islands.
Read the full article on the Radio New Zealand International
PORT VILA, 25 MARCH 2015 - A shipment of much-needed medical supplies arrived in Vanuatu on Monday. The supplies were donated by the Government of Solomon Islands. The supplies were transported from Honiara by the Australian military and include enough medication to provide basic primary health care to 100 000 people for three months. Packed in easy-to-transport kits, these supplies will be quickly distributed by plane or boat to the health facilities most in need.
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.
“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.