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22 Dec 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Influenza-like illness: American Samoa, Kiribati

Other updates:

Dengue

15 Dec 2016 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Diarrhoea: Federate States of Micronesia

· Influenza-like illness: American Samoa, Vanuatu

Other updates:

Dengue

12 Dec 2016 description

The ConversationAlexandra Wake, Senior lecturer, RMIT University

Disclosure Statement: Alexandra Wake is an academic who maintains a career as a freelance journalist. Her last assignment for ABC Radio Australia was more than two years ago.

07 Dec 2016 description

For the very first time, the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) has been officially activated to support emergency preparedness activities. The request for activation and inclusion of the ETC in the list of Pacific Humanitarian Team clusters was endorsed by the Emergency Relief Coordinator on 30 November, with the World Food Programme (WFP) as nominated lead.

11 Nov 2016 description

Week 44, ending 6 November 2016

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), French Polynesia, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga

  • Influenza-like illness: Vanuatu

  • Prolonged fever: FSM

Other updates

Dengue fever

  • Niue confirms a dengue RDT positive case (NS1 Ag+ve) in a returned traveller from the Solomon Islands. For further details please refer to PacNet posting earlier today.

03 Nov 2016 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

· Acute Fever and Rash: Tokelau

· Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), French Polynesia, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga

· Influenza-like illness: FSM, Guam, Tokelau

Other updates:

Dengue

27 Oct 2016 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

· Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Tonga

· Influenza-like illness: FSM, Guam, Vanuatu

Other updates:

Dengue

26 Oct 2016 description

SUVA, 26 October 2016 – Pacific countries have pledged to step up efforts to deal with the challenge posed by climate change and the threat of disasters, in order to ensure that their development is sustainable.

In a joint declaration wrapping up the three-day Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management, hosted by Fiji, the 17 countries reaffirmed their commitment to build a stronger and more resilient region in the face of rising climate impacts.

20 Oct 2016 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

· Acute Fever and Rash: Cook Islands, French Polynesia

· Diarrhoea: French Polynesia, Tonga, Solomon Islands

· Influenza-like illness: FSM, Guam, Niue.

Other updates:

Dengue

· Solomon Islands declared an outbreak on 8 October. A total of 414 cases of suspected dengue have been reported in Honiara and Guadalcanal (134 additional cases since last report) from epidemiological week 33 to week 40 (15 August to 9 October 2016).

13 Oct 2016 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

· Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia

· Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Tonga

· Influenza-like illness: FSM, Guam, Niue.

Other updates:

Dengue

· Solomon Islands continues to report Dengue-like illness cases. There were 56 cases for week ending 2 October 2016. Samples have been sent to a reference laboratory for confirmatory testing and serotyping. Results are pending. Source: Solomon Islands Ministry of Health & Medical Services.

12 Oct 2016 description

Recurrent earthquakes, floods, typhoons, and volcanoes present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region. Some countries also face civil unrest and associated humanitarian impacts, as well as limited government capacity to respond to disasters. Between FY 2007 and FY 2016, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/ OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/ FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of natural and complex emergencies in the region.

21 Sep 2016 description

27SM Niue News: 2015 SPREP Annual Report is now launched

The SPREP Annual Report for 2015 is now available online having been presented at the 27th SPREP Meeting in Niue on Day one. The Report, available in both English and French outlines the activities and project implemented with members and partners in 2015 as the region strives to achieve the SPREP vision - a Pacific environment that sustains our livelihoods and natural heritage in harmony with our cultures.

08 Sep 2016 description

A stronger understanding of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) process and how it can be effectively applied to Niue was the outcome of a special training workshop held in Niue in August.

An EIA assesses the impacts of a development upon the environment, and the impacts of the environment on a development, before an approval decision is made. It recommends the best steps to take in planning a development while maintaining environmental integrity.

Niue has developed new EIA regulations which are soon to be enacted.

17 Aug 2016 description

Pacific syndromic surveillance report

Week 31, ending 7 August 2016

The following syndromes have been flagged:

10 Aug 2016 description

Executive Summary

Purpose

The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) commissioned Adam Smith International to conduct an independent evaluation of its country programmes in the Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tokelau. The evaluation assessed the quality of New Zealand’s aid delivery, the results of its programme of assistance, and suggested ways New Zealand could better support the above countries.

The Key Evaluation Question is:

03 Aug 2016 description

Climate Change Matters.

The month of July has brought new and expanding partnerships for SPREP as you will read between SPREP and the Australian Government’s key research institution: the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and a second with German Government’s international aid agency (GIZ). We are working together to strengthen support to Pacific island countries’ national efforts to tackle climate change and ultimately improve their overall resilience.

22 Jul 2016 description

21 July 2016, Rarotonga Cook Islands - A new Automated Weather Station in Niue will assist with improving the safety standards of Niue's aviation and the quality of weather and climate data for development planning and early warning services in Niue.

Funded by the Finnish-Pacific (FINPAC) Project, the iSTAR Automated Weather Station is a new milestone achievement for the Pacific islands. FINPAC aims at reducing the vulnerability of the livelihoods of Pacific islanders to the impacts of climate change through strengthening the Meteorological Services.

18 Jul 2016 description

Les syndromes suivants ont été signalés :

Maladies diarrhéiques : Fidji, Palau, Vanuatu Syndrome grippal : Îles Cook, États fédérés de Micronésie Fièvre prolongée : Îles Salomon

Autres relevés :

Infection à virus Zika

06 Jul 2016 description
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Overview

The current 2015-2016 El Niño cycle has been one of the strongest on record and has had significant impacts on agricultural production and food security across the globe.

At present, the agriculture, food security and nutritional status of more than 60 million people are affected by El Niño-related droughts, floods and extreme hot and cold weather.

01 Jul 2016 description

Les syndromes suivants ont été signalés :

· Maladies diarrhéiques : Fidji, Vanuatu

· Syndrome grippal : Samoa américaines, Îles Cook, Fidji, Vanuatu

· Fièvre prolongée : Îles Salomon

Autres relevés :

Infection à virus Zika