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14 Jan 2019 description

From providing vital IT services in Iraq, Nigeria and Yemen to supporting preparedness activities in the Pacific and Caribbean regions, the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) was highly active in 2018. Here's a brief overview of what we did and where we were last year. ​Have a look at the ETC annual infographic.

14 Jan 2019 description

Hundreds of Red Cross volunteers thoughout the region have been mobilised over the past fortnight to deal with the bad weather pummelling several Pacific islands.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

10 Jan 2019 description

The Red Cross Red Crescent across the Asia Pacific region and in the Middle East have been helping people prepare for and cope with damaging extreme seasonal-weather – ranging from extreme cold and snow to storms and flash floods.

Most recently the ICRC in Lebanon yesterday tweeted that Storm Norma had left almost 600 Syrian refugee families in Aarsal, in the north-east of the country, one of the worst affected areas, without bread or fuel for heating.

10 Jan 2019 description

The following syndromes have been flagged this week:

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

• Prolonged fever: French Polynesia

Other updates:

Invasive Meningococcal Disease

• American Samoa reports one case of Meningococcal B in a 2 month old returned traveler from New Zealand. The patient was treated and has recovered. Source: Personal communication with American Samoa Department of Health Epidemiologist.

Dengue

06 Dec 2018 description

The following syndrome has been flagged this week:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Samoa

  • Diarrhoea: Cook Islands

There are no new updates this week.

29 Nov 2018 description

The following syndrome has been flagged this week:

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

Other Updates:

Invasive Meningococcal Disease

22 Nov 2018 description

The following syndrome has been flagged this week:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Samoa.

Other Updates:

Invasive Meningococcal Disease

20 Nov 2018 description

High risk countries and potential impacts on food security and agriculture

In view of the potential impact of the 2018/19 El Niño on food security and agriculture, high risk countries in Southern Africa, Horn of Africa, Asia and the Pacific and Latin America should be prioritized for further monitoring, analysis and early action.

16 Nov 2018 description

The following syndrome has been flagged this week:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Federal States of Micronesia, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Solomon Island, Vanuatu, and Samoa.

  • Prolonged Fever: Federated States of Micronesia

Other Update:

Meningococcal Disease

08 Nov 2018 description

The following syndrome has been flagged this week:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Federal States of Micronesia, French Polynesia

Other Update:

Invasive Meningococcal Disease

07 Nov 2018 description

The following syndrome has been flagged this week:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: American Samoa, French Polynesia

Other Update:

Polio

  • PNG: Southern Highlands has reported the country's 19th polio case since June 2018 and 3 cases are pending confirmation. The case a 1-year-old male did not receive the polio emergency vaccination. Source: PROMED

Dengue

26 Oct 2018 description

The following syndromes have been flagged this week:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), French Polynesia

  • Prolonged fever: FSM

Other Update:

Polio

17 Oct 2018 description

The need to accelerate climate change adaptation and improve multi-hazard early warning systems to increase resilience to extreme weather took centre-stage at WMO’s Regional Association for Asia and the Pacific (RAV), hosted by Tonga from 15-17 October.

17 Oct 2018 description

Pacific countries presented the status of progress in the development of their early warning systems as part of a three-year project entitled “Strengthening Hydro-meteorological and Early Warning Services in the Pacific”.

Representatives from Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu provided updates at a session in Tonga on progress and priorities.

16 Oct 2018 description

Warmer temperatures and increased rainfall can pose threats to our livelihoods and health by impacting the quality of water we drink, the food we consume, and the weather we experience.

But there are also vector-borne diseases (carried by mosquitoes and other insects), and water-borne bacteria and viruses, that become prevalent during periods of high and low rainfall, which pose great health risks to local populations. For example, increased risks of contracting dengue fever, chikungunya, malaria, and other diseases.

11 Oct 2018 description

The following syndromes have been flagged this week:

• Acute Fever and Rash: Samoa

• Influenza-like illness: Northern Marianna Islands

Other Update:

Invasive Meningococcal Disease

08 Oct 2018 description

The following syndromes have been flagged this week:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Northern Mariana Is, Samoa
  • Dengue-like illness: French Polynesia, Palau

Other Updates:

Polio

27 Sep 2018 description

The following syndromes have been flagged this week:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Samoa

  • Influenza-like illness: Palau

  • Dengue-like illness: Samoa

Other Updates:

Dengue

21 Sep 2018 description

The following syndromes have been flagged this week:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: American Samoa

  • Prolonged Fever: Tonga

Other Updates:

Polio

13 Sep 2018 description

The following syndromes have been flagged this week:

• Acute Fever and Rash: Palau, FSM, Kiribati, Vanuatu, American Samoa

• Diarrhoea: Tokelau

Other Updates:

Polio