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19 Jul 2018 description

The following syndrome was flagged this week:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga

Other Updates:

Dengue

  • Ongoing dengue serotype-2 outbreak in Kiribati. As of 16 July there have been 1435 cases including 32 hospitalisations and two deaths. The weekly number of cases is decreasing. Source: Kiribati Ministry of Health and Health Services.

13 Jul 2018 description

The following syndrome was flagged this week:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: American Samoa, Kiribati, Northern Marianna Islands, Samoa

  • Influenza-like illness: Cook Islands

Other Updates:

Adverse Event Following Immunisation:

05 Jul 2018 description

There was no syndrome flagged this week.

Other Updates:

Dengue

  • Ongoing dengue serotype-2 outbreak in Kiribati. As of 22 June there have been 1353 cases including 30 hospitalised cases and one death.

  • Dengue serotype-1 outbreak is ongoing in Wallis and Futuna. As of 3 July there have been 188 cases including 21 hospitalisations since September 2017. For further details please refer to Patrick Lambruschini's PacNet post on 26 June 2018.

29 Jun 2018 description

Limited take-up so far is linked to small island nations' reluctance to foot the bill for the effects of climate change, says insurance expert

By Jared Ferrie

PHNOM PENH, June 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Pacific island nations are some of the world's most disaster-prone countries, yet only a handful have signed up to an insurance scheme that dispenses rapid payouts in a crisis – a situation experts hope to change.

The United Nations says only about 8 percent of disaster losses are covered in the Asia-Pacific region.

28 Jun 2018 description

The following syndrome has been flagged: 

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Kiribati, Northern Marianna Islands, Tonga
  • Dengue-like illness: Samoa 

Other Update:

Polio

21 Jun 2018 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Northern Marianna Islands, Tonga

Other Updates:

Invasive Meningococcal Disease:

15 Jun 2018 description

An international initiative to improve early warning systems against extreme weather and support climate change adaptation is gaining momentum to protect more people in more places. Financing has been extended to cover the Caribbean and West African regions.

15 Jun 2018 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

· Acute Fever and Rash: Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu

Other Updates:

Dengue:

· Fiji had declared the dengue outbreak over. The Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services reported in a decrease in the number of dengue fever cases reported nationally in the last six weeks. The number of cases at present is at the levels usually seen during this time of the year. Source: Media

07 Jun 2018 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

• Acute Fever and Rash: Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu

Other Updates:

Dengue:

• Kiribati : As of 4 June there have been 665 dengue-like illness cases since 21 March 2018. There have been 18 hospitalised cases, and one death in a 9 year old who presented with symptoms of severe dengue. Source: Kiribati MHMS

01 Jun 2018 description

SUMMARY

HIV and tuberculosis (TB) are the two most deadly infectious diseases in the world. Globally in 2016, TB took the lives of more than 1.7 million people, while 1 million died from HIV-related illnesses. TB is also the leading cause of death for people living with HIV, with about one-third of HIV-related deaths occurring as a result of the co-infection.

31 May 2018 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

• Acute Fever and Rash: Northern Marianna Islands, Tonga, Kiribati

• Dengue-like illness: Kiribati

Other Updates:

Dengue:

• Kiribati : As of 25 May there have been 472 dengue-like illness cases since 21 March 2018. There have been 18 hospitalised cases, and one death in a 9 year old. Samples have been sent to reference laboratory for confirmation. Source: Kiribati MHMS

30 May 2018 description

The Regional Food Security Atlas of the Pacific is a joint publication by the Pacific Community (SPC) and the World Food Programme(WFP).

The 2018 Atlas provides a spatial overview of the core issues that affect food security across the Pacific Island Countries (PICs). Divided into nine topical sections, the Atlas provides the reader with information and knowledge on the causes and outcomes of food security and nutrition in the region.

24 May 2018 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

• Acute Fever and Rash: Northern Marianna Islands, Kiribati

• Dengue-like illness: Kiribati

Other Updates:

Dengue:

• Kiribati reports an increase in Dengue-Like Illness (DLI) cases. Since 21 March 2018, there have been 387 DLI cases.There have been 4 hospitalised cases, no deaths have been reported. Samples have been sent to reference laboratory for confirmation. Mass clean-up campaign has been conducted in the communities. Source: Kiribati MHMS

17 May 2018 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Northern Marianna Islands, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Tokelau, Tonga

  • Diarrhoea: Cook Islands

  • Dengue-**like illness**: Kiribati

Other Updates:

Dengue:

10 May 2018 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

• Acute Fever and Rash: Federated States of Micronesia, French Polynesia, Samoa, Tonga

• Diarrhoea: Cook Islands

• Dengue-like illness: Kiribati

Other Updates:

Dengue:

• Kiribati reports an increase in dengue-like illness cases. Since 21 March 2018, 95 samples have been tested, of these 22 tested NS1 +ve using Dengue duo RDT kit. There have been 3 hospitalised cases, no deaths have been reported. Samples have been sent to reference laboratory for confirmation. Source: Kiribati MHMS

03 May 2018 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

• Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Vanuatu

Other Updates:

Meningococcal disease:

• There is an ongoing Meningococcal group C disease outbreak in Fiji.

Dengue:

• There are ongoing dengue serotype-2 outbreaks in American Samoa, Fiji, Vanuatu. The weekly number of cases (dengue serotype-2) reported has decreased significantly in Tonga and Samoa.

• Dengue serotype-1 outbreak is ongoing in Wallis and Futuna

26 Apr 2018 description

Rarotonga, Cook Islands, 26 April 2018

The Emergency Management Office of the Government of Cook Islands in partnership with the Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT) today launched the Country Preparedness Package (CPP) for the Cook Islands. The CPP is intended to strengthen preparedness and collaboration between national and international actors in disaster preparedness and response.

26 Apr 2018 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

• Acute Fever and Rash: Northern Marianna Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu

• Dengue-like illness: French Polynesia

Other Updates:

Meningococcal disease:

25 Apr 2018 description
report Pacific Community

A backup water source to support the communities of Aitutaki in the Cook Islands to access safe and clean drinking water during drought conditions has recently been investigated.

Geophysics and electrical resistivity testing of the island carried out by the Pacific Community (SPC) in partnership with the Cook Islands Government identified groundwater sources that could provide useful volumes of fresh water, particularly useful during droughts.

24 Apr 2018 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

AT A GLANCE

Region East Asia and Pacific
Risks Reversal of development gains post-disaster; long term economic and fiscal impacts
Area of Engagement Deepening financial protection

Following a successful pilot program, Pacific Island Countries established a sovereign catastrophe risk insurance company for the region, increasing resilience and access to short-term funds needed to respond to disasters.

HIGH VULNERABILITY, LIMITED BUDGETS