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23 Oct 2017 description

The following syndrome was flagged this week. 

Acute Fever and Rash: Kiribati 
Prolonged Fever: Kiribati

Updates

Typhoid fever

  • Fiji: There have been 13 cases on Moturiki isands in the Eastern health division of Fiji. The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) is working on Moturiki Islands to create awareness on the necessary preventive measure including safe water, sanitation and hygiene. Source: MHMS and media
23 Oct 2017 description
report UN Women

Monday 23 October 2017 (Fiji and Pacific Islands) – Preparing for and responding to gender-based violence (GBV) during disasters and emergencies is a critical issue for the Pacific, with rates of violence against women already double the global average during non-disaster times.

20 Oct 2017 description

by Stephen Howes

The Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre, or FWCC, is housed in a prominent downtown Suva building, its logo and messages blazoned over its fence and walls. In equal parts service provider, sector trainer and public advocate, the FWCC has been a trailblazer not only in Fiji but in the broader Pacific region since its establishment in 1984. It has done more than any other organisation to get gender-based violence in the Pacific on the agenda, and to strengthen services to survivors.

18 Oct 2017 description

By Sonia Feng

SYDNEY, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Fiji will issue a $50 million "green" bond in coming weeks to help combat the effects of global climate change, the first developing country to do so, its prime minister said on Wednesday.

The Pacific Island nation is seen as particularly vulnerable to climate change, with some of its 300 low-lying islands susceptible to rising seas.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

17 Oct 2017 description

NADI, Fiji, 17 October 2017 – The Prime Minister of Fiji and the incoming COP23 President, Mr. Vorege Bainone, is hosting a pre-COP23 meeting to galvanise action on climate change and disaster risk.

“We have the power and the means to bring the Paris Agreement on Climate Change to life, so let’s do it,” Prime Minister Bainimarama said. “We are all vulnerable and in this together and as such we need to act as one.”

17 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.

2016 was a challenging year for human rights and democracy, with a shrinking space for civil society and complex humanitarian and political crises emerging. In this context, the European Union showed leadership and remained strongly committed to promote and protect human rights and democracy across the world.

16 Oct 2017 description

NADI, FIJI (16 October 2017) — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will more than double the level of climate financing it will mobilize for its Pacific developing member countries to over $500 million between 2017 and 2020.

12 Oct 2017 description

Rural communities in the Pacific that rely on fishing for subsistence and income face serious risks due to the degradation of coastal ecosystems, overharvesting, and climate change.

The ongoing degradation of coastal ecosystems, overharvesting of valuable species, and climate change (including more extreme weather events, rising sea levels, increasing sea surface temperatures, and ocean acidification) are lowering the production of fish, which is the Pacific region’s primary source of protein.

12 Oct 2017 description

With tropical cyclone season approaching, the Fiji Met Service has released its annual seasonal outlook for its area of responsibility in the Pacific.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

11 Oct 2017 description

Vanuatu and Fiji are experiencing climate-induced disasters that are continuously increasing in both scale and frequency. Both nations have been struck by a number of disastrous cyclones over the past three years – most notably Cyclone Pam, which struck Vanuatu in 2015 and Cyclone Winston, which struck Fiji in 2016.

In response, ActionAid is supporting women in Fiji and Vanuatu to lead community efforts to strengthen their resilience to increasing disasters.

10 Oct 2017 description
report Shelter Cluster

Introduction

This document provides an overview of responses to the Global Shelter Cluster (GSC) online survey, conducted in preparation for the annual GSC Meeting. Findings are based on a total of 106 responses, as of 26 September 2017.

Participant profile

10 Oct 2017 description

UN report says natural disasters to become more destructive in Asia-Pacific without action on disaster resilience

Natural disasters are becoming more frequent and intense and disaster risk is outpacing resilience in Asia-Pacific, the most disaster-prone region in the world, according to the latest report by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

06 Oct 2017 description
report UN Women

Wednesday 4 October 2017 (Fiji and Pacific Islands)–“Violence against women (VAW) is a significant economic issue which carries high costs to individuals, households, the public sector, businesses and society,” said Abby Erikson, Programme Manager of UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office’s (MCO) Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW) programme.

“However, we cannot lose sight of VAW as a violation of human rights - women have a right to live a life free from violence, beyond any economic justification for it,” added Ms Erikson.

05 Oct 2017 description

SUVA, 05 October 2017 – The 2017 Joint Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Roundtable today committed “to amplify efforts” towards an all-of-society approach that builds disaster and climate resilience across this huge maritime region.

In its Outcome Statement, the joint platform/roundtable called for the “full participation” of vulnerable and marginalized groups – including women, youth, children, persons with disability, and the elderly – to build resilience.

04 Oct 2017 description

What is the Pacific Humanitarian Team?

The Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT) is a network of humanitarian organizations that work together to assist the Pacific Island countries in preparing for and responding to disasters.

04 Oct 2017 description

By Andrew McElroy

SUVA, 04 October 2017 – The Pacific region today challenged itself to make disaster risk reduction everybody’s business and convert one of the main calls for action of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction into an everyday reality.

At the opening of the 2017 Joint Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Roundtable, in Fiji, more than 200 government officials and representatives from across the development sector agreed that now was the time to move from commitment to action on resilience.

02 Oct 2017 description
report UN Women

Monday 2 October 2017 (Suva, Fiji) – “Humanitarian preparedness and response must include the voices and action of all in society, to ensure that humanitarian assistance is just, inclusive, safe and dignified,” said Noelene Nabulivou, political advisor of Diverse Voices for Action and Equality (DIVA for Equality).

A sharing circle facilitated by DIVA for Equality and UN Women provided an intimate and grounded space for perspectives on gender equality and human rights from diverse and local humanitarians at the Pacific Humanitarian Partnership (PHP) meeting today in Suva.

01 Oct 2017 description

Five island countries in the Asia-Pacific region are teaming up with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to boost their resilience to weather events.

WMO is working with the governments and civil society partners in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste and Vanuatu to develop a potential Green Climate Fund (GCF) project that aims to markedly improve the countries’ Early Warning Systems (EWSs).

01 Oct 2017 description

The following syndrome was flagged this week. 

Acute Fever and Rash: Fiji

Updates

Mumps:

  • Outbreaks are ongoing in Vanuatu and Kosrae state (FSM) and Hawaii

Conjunctivitis

  • Marshall Islands: there were 65 cases reported for the week ending 1 October 2017. Source: RMI CD weekly report No. 39

30 Sep 2017 description

Report Summary

Eighteen (18) months into the operation, with completion of all field activities, this report aims to inform changes between the previous revised budget of December 2016 and the current revised budget. The appeal budget has been revised following clearance of current outstanding National Society working advances and the reconciliation of the appeal budget with expenses recorded. The appeal budget is now revised with a slight decrease from CHF4,421,455 to CHF 4,386,307.