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27 Dec 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Acute Fever and Rash: Palau Diarrhoea: Solomon Islands

Other updates

Acute Fever and Rash

Three cases reported from Palau were diagnosed as varicella zoster.

Diarrhoea

Solomon Islands: Outbreak continues; there is a decrease in the weekly number of cases reported.

Ebola Virus Disease

20 Dec 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Diarrhoea: Solomon Islands

Influenza-Like illness: New Caledonia

Other updates

Diarrhoea

17 Dec 2015 description
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The following syndromes have been flagged:

Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia, Solomon Islands

Influenza-Like illness: Nauru, Tokelau

Other updates

Diarrhoea

Increasing number of cases of diarrhoea in the Solomon Islands. Most of the cases are from Honiara and Guadalcanal in young children aged less than 5 years. A WHO epidemiologist has been deployed to assist with the investigations.

Chikungunya

An outbreak is ongoing in Tuvalu.

Dengue

10 Dec 2015 description

UN warns current El Niño event is strongest since 1998 and will continue into early 2016

The third Advisory Note on El Nino for Asia-Pacific countries, issued jointly by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES), warns that the current El Nino event is likely to be one of the strongest since 1997-1998 and will persist into the second quarter of 2016.

06 Dec 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Acute Fever and Rash: Vanuatu

Diarrhoea: Federated States of Micronesia, Solomon Islands

Influenza-Like illness: American Samoa, New Caledonia

Other updates

Chikungunya

An outbreak is ongoing in Tuvalu.

Dengue

30 Nov 2015 description
  • Tropical Cyclone TUNI formed in the Pacific Ocean, between the Polynesian islands of Samoa and Wallis and Futuna, on 27 November. It moved south-east, its centre passing west and south of Samoa islands, and continued towards Niue, maintaining its Tropical Storm intensity throughout its path.

30 Nov 2015 description

A gale warning remains in force for Niue, as tropical cyclone Tuni moves southeast around 160 kilometres northeast of the island.

Read the full article on the Radio New Zealand International

22 Nov 2015 description

Week 47, ending 22 November, 2015

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Acute Fever and Rash: Tokelau, Tuvalu, Vanuatu

Influenza-Like illness: American Samoa, Guam, New Caledonia

Other updates

Chikungunya

An outbreak is ongoing in Tuvalu, laboratory samples were confirmed by the Institut Louis Malardé (ILM), French Polynesia.

Dengue

20 Nov 2015 description

As many as 4.7 million people in 13 Pacific countries (2.4 million in PNG and the total populations of the remaining Pacific nations) are at risk of adverse effects of drought including water shortages, food insecurity and disease.

Governments are taking measures to mitigate the potential impacts of the drought. The government is delivering water to drought affected areas in Fiji.

The Vanuatu government is delivering food to affected communities especially those affected by Tropical cyclone Pam.

17 Nov 2015 description

Key Points

• A strong El Niño is now in force with some climatologists warning it could rival the 1997/98 event which was the most severe on record.

• In an El Niño year, the cyclone season usually runs longer and features a greater proportion of severe cyclones forming over a larger area.

• Up to 13 Pacific countries could be affected by El Niño-related drought, placing as many as 4.7 million people at risk.

16 Nov 2015 description
report Pacific Community

5 November 2015, Alofi

BSPRA ground-breaking way to address how Pacific Island countries prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters was launched today by the European Union Ambassador for the Pacific, H.E. Andrew Jacobs, and the Premier of Niue, the Hon Toke Talagi, in the margins of the Pacific Community Conference in Alofi.

Niue is the first Pacific Island country to commit to the Strategic Roadmap for Emergency Management which will ensure its emergency services work together to build a solid foundation for a prosperous future for the people of Niue.

08 Nov 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia

Diarrhoea: Kiribati, Tonga

Influenza-Like illness: Guam, Nauru, New Caledonia, Republic of Marshall Islands

Other updates

Chikungunya

An outbreak is ongoing in Tuvalu, laboratory samples were confirmed by the Institut Louis Malardé, French Polynesia.

Diarrhoea

There is currently an outbreak in Kiribati. Rotavirus has been isolated. Influenza-like illness

06 Nov 2015 description

As many as 4.7 million people in 11 Pacific countries (2.4 million in PNG and the total populations of the remaining Pacific nations) are at risk of adverse effects of drought including water shortages, food insecurity and disease. Governments are taking measures to mitigate the potential impacts of the drought. The government is delivering water to drought affected areas in Fiji. The Vanuatu government is delivering food to affected communities especially those affected by Tropical cyclone Pam.

04 Nov 2015 description

The gFSC global dashboard provides a quick snapshot of the country-level Food Security Clusters around the world. The updated dasboard shows that as of October 2015, the country-level Food Security Clusters remain only at 52 percent funded against their yearly requirements

01 Nov 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

Acute Fever and Rash:Vanuatu

Diarrhoea: Tonga, Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Influenza-Like illness: Nauru, Tonga

Prolonged fever: Tonga, PNG

Other updates

Dengue

American Samoa: As of 1 November there have been 463 cases (dengue serotype-3) with 146 hospital admissions since May 2015. The number of cases reported weekly is decreasing.

French Polynesia: There were 23 cases(dengue serotype-1) reported in the week ending 25 October 2015.

30 Oct 2015 description

An Executive Summary by the Secretary to Government and Chairman of the National Disaster Council – Mr Richard Hipa

The Strategic Roadmap for Emergency Management (SREM) in Niue is the result of extensive consultati ons and research. This included a stakeholder workshop to look at contemporary best practi ce within the Australasian region with the view to reform the emergency management arrangements in Niue.

30 Oct 2015 description
report Pacific Community

Suva, Fiji – National Disaster Management officers from 15 Pacific Island countries gather in Fiji today to review their successes and challenges in preparing for, responding to and recovering from disasters in the region, suchas tropical cyclone Pam.

The European Union-supported Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific (BSRP) project is bringing the disaster managers together for the project’s annual Regional Steering Committee implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) to review the challenges, progress and best way forward into 2016.

29 Oct 2015 description

Suva, Fiji, 29 October 2015

Two hundred people involved in disaster response across the region are gathered in Suva for the annual Pacific Humanitarian Partnership meeting where the impact of disasters on women and children has been on the agenda today.

The meeting was addressed by HRH Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan on the role of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) programs in building resilience to disaster and climate change.