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17 Feb 2017 description

New Zealand Red Cross is helping students return to their classrooms in Fiji's Ra province.

The classrooms at Vunikavikaloa Arya School are filled with noise – but it’s not excited students causing the commotion. It’s Red Cross volunteers and local villagers, hard at work with hammers, saws and drills.

The school, in Fiji’s Ra province, was badly damaged when Tropical Cyclone Winston tore across the country in February 2016. For the past year, children at Vunikavikaloa have been learning in tents in a back field.

17 Feb 2017 description

After watching waves wash away her house, Makarita is moving into a stronger, safer home – thanks to Red Cross.

From her perch on a pile of bricks, Makarita Racani watches a group of men hammer at the wooden skeleton of a house.

It’s not unusual to see Makarita sitting near the building site in the centre of Nukubalavu, a village on Fiji’s northern island of Vanua Levu. Since construction began a few weeks ago, the 79-year-old has kept a close eye on the builders, and with good reason - the house they are building is her new home.

16 Feb 2017 description

by Kenn Crossley

Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.

As most natural disasters are predictable to some extent, it makes sense to invest into government social protection schemes to build their long-term resilience

16 Feb 2017 description

There are no syndromes flagged this week.

Other updates:

Dengue

· Solomon Islands: As of 5 February 2017 there have been 10,095 cases across all ten (10) provinces since August 2016. A total of 2,721 rapid diagnostic tests (Dengue duo Standard Diagnostics) have been conducted from Week 33, 2016 to Week 5, 2017 and 1178 (43%) were positive either NS1 or IgM.

15 Feb 2017 description

Les syndromes suivants ont été signalés :

· Maladies diarrhéiques : États fédérés de Micronésie

· Fièvre prolongée : Niue

Autres relevés :

Dengue

15 Feb 2017 description

The names of those who died in Cyclone Winston will be read out in a national ceremony in Fiji on Monday to mark Cyclone Winston's direct hit a year ago.

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13 Feb 2017 description

Heavy rains continue to fall across the South Pacific, as islands from Papua New Guinea to Samoa experience simultaneous flooding in a "first time" event.

Heavy rains continue to fall across the South Pacific, causing flooding from Papua New Guinea's east to Samoa.

Parts of the Samoan capital, Apia, have flooded, with authorities advising families living near rivers to move to higher ground.

Mata'afa Keni Lese from the Samoa Observer says it is unusual to see flooding simultaneously across so many parts of the Pacific.

09 Feb 2017 description

Parts of low lying areas in Samoa's capital, Apia, were flooded this morning with Vaisigano River has topped its banks dumping debris and logs on the city's waterfront.

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09 Feb 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia

· Prolonged fever: Niue

Other updates:

Dengue

· Solomon Islands: As of 29 January 2017 there have been 9,699 cases across all ten (10) provinces since August 2016. A total of 2,566 rapid diagnostic tests (Dengue duo Standard Diagnostics) have been conducted from Week 33, 2016 to Week 4, 2017 and 1109 (43%) were positive either NS1 or IgM.

08 Feb 2017 description
infographic UN Population Fund

Key facts, figures and examples of how we support actions to better mitigate the risks of disasters and support humanitarian response work that is underpinned by UNFPA’s unique mandate encompassing sexual and reproductive health, gender equality, population data and youth empowerment.

08 Feb 2017 description

The authorities in Fiji are telling people to stay off the roads in the west and northwest of the main island as heavy rain continues to lash the country.

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08 Feb 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

At times of upheaval, pregnancy-related deaths and sexual violence increase. Reproductive health services—including prenatal care, skilled attendance at birth and emergency obstetric care—are often impacted and sometimes unavailable. Young people become more vulnerable to unsafe sex leading to HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, and sexual exploitation. And many wom- en lose access to family planning services, exposing them to unwanted pregnancy in perilous conditions.

07 Feb 2017 description
report Government of Fiji

A Tropical Disturbance 09F was located near 20.6 latitude South and 179.2 longitude East or about 170km South-southwest of Matuku or about 200km South-southeast of Kadavu at 2pm this afternoon. It is slow moving and expected to move east-southeast further away from Fiji and has low chance of developing into a tropical cyclone. However, associated trough of low pressure with cloud and rain continues to affect the group. The following warnings and alert are currently in force:

  • A “Heavy Rain Warning” remains in force for the whole of Fiji;

07 Feb 2017 description

Geneva, February 7, 2017 – Business networks from 12 countries - members of the Connecting Business initiative (CBi) - are coming together today in the first CBi Annual Event to identify opportunities for collaboration and share their experiences to disaster risk reduction, emergency response and recovery.

06 Feb 2017 description

The New Zealand Defence Force has delivered more than three tonnes of textbooks to Fiji high schools, which were damaged by last year's category-five Cyclone Winston.

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06 Feb 2017 description

Les syndromes suivants ont été signalés :

· Maladies diarrhéiques : Tonga, États fédérés de Micronésie · Fièvre prolongée : Polynésie française

Autre relevés :

Dengue

· Vanuatu : l’épidémie de dengue (sérotype DENV-2) se poursuit, avec 1 241 cas recensés au 2 février 2017 (depuis novembre 2016). En moyenne, 200 nouveaux cas hebdomadaires ont été rapportés au cours des 5 dernières semaines. Source : ministère de la Santé de Vanuatu.

• Nouvelle-Calédonie : au 1er février 2017, on recensait 524 cas depuis le 1er septembre 2016.

06 Feb 2017 description

A flood alert is now in force in Fiji for low lying areas and small streams adjacent to major rivers.

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05 Feb 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

Today more than 75 per cent of people affected by humanitarian crises are women and children. And adolescents aged 10-19 years constitute a significant proportion of the population in many conflict and post-conflict settings.

In response to today’s humanitarian challenges, UNFPA continues to provide life-saving services to prevent and respond to gender-based violence and provide information, services and supplies for sexual and reproductive health as we work with partners to carry forward commitments made at the World Humanitarian Summit.

03 Feb 2017 description

SUVA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) officially handed over two high frequency (HF) radio packs to the Fiji Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management in Suva on 1 February 2017. The HF back packs will be used by the Fiji National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) for their operations. The handover is part of WFP’s ongoing efforts to strengthen emergency communication systems in Fiji, in its role as lead of the Pacific Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC).