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19 Apr 2018 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

• Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Tonga

Other Updates:

Meningococcal disease:

14 Apr 2018 description

Introduction

Disaster events have lasting impacts on people, communities, and socioeconomic development. Countries in the Pacific are among the most exposed, globally, to natural disasters, including floods, droughts, cyclones, and earthquakes. The effects of climate change threaten to increase the severity and frequency of hazard events in the Pacific region, emphasizing the need for Pacific island countries to protect themselves against corresponding social and economic consequences.

12 Apr 2018 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

· Acute Fever and Rash: Fiji, Northern Marianna Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu

Other Updates:

Meningococcal disease:

· Outbreak of meningococcal disease group C is ongoing in Fiji. The Fiji MHMS will continue to post updates on PacNet. The last update was posted on 6 April 2018 For details of previous updates please refer to: MHMS media release

Dengue:

· There are ongoing dengue serotype-2 outbreaks in Fiji, Vanuatu. The weekly number of cases (dengue serotype-2) reported is decreasing in Tonga and Samoa

11 Apr 2018 description

The Empress Shôken Fund is named after Her Majesty the Empress of Japan, who proposed – at the 9th International Conference of the Red Cross – the creation of an international fund to promote relief work in peacetime. It is administered by the Joint Commission of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross, which maintains close contact with the Japanese Permanent Mission in Geneva, the Japanese Red Cross Society and the Meiji Jingu Research Institute in Japan.

05 Apr 2018 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

• Acute Fever and Rash: Northern Marianna Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu

Other Updates:

Meningococcal disease:

• Outbreak of meningococcal disease group C is ongoing in Fiji. As of 29 March 2018 of there have been 38 cases including 4 deaths since 1 January 2018. Majority of the cases are from the Central division and all cases are less than 19 years of age.

29 Mar 2018 description

The following syndromes were flagged:

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

• Prolonged Fever: Fiji

Other Updates:

Meningococcal disease:

• Outbreak is ongoing in Fiji. There has been a cluster identified in a boarding school in the Central Division. The cases are being treated at the tertiary hospital (Colonial War Memorial Hospital), while contacts of the cases have received appropriate antibiotic prophylaxis. Source: Ministry of Health & Medical Services and Media .

27 Mar 2018 description
report Government of Palau

This is a Special Weather Update from the National Emergency Management Office in cooperation with the National Weather Service informing the public that the **Tropical Depression Jelawat** is moving West-Northwest at 8 mph with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.

Tropical Depression Jelawat is now located about 250 miles East-Southeast of Kayangel and 260 miles East of Koror.

Tropical Storm Warning for Kayangel Remains in Effect

Tropical Storm Warning for Koror is now Cancelled.

26 Mar 2018 description

Tropical Cyclone JELAWAT formed over the North West Pacific Ocean on 24 March. On 26 March at 0.00 UTC, its centre was located 360 km east of Melekeok (Palau) and it had maximum sustained winds of 56 km/h.

Over the next 24 hours, it is forecast to continue moving north-west, strengthening. Heavy rain and strong winds may affect Palau and Yap island over 26-28 March.

08 Mar 2018 description

The following syndromes were flagged this week:

Other Updates:

• Acute Fever and Rash – Northern Mariana Is, Tokelau, Vanuatu

• Dengue-Like Illness – Palau, FSM

• Prolonged Fever - FSM

Dengue

• As of March 1st , 2018 there have been 69 confirmed cases of Dengue in Tonga via Dengue duo Rapid diagnostic kit from 212 samples tested. Dengue serotype-2 has been identified responsible for the outbreak. Source- Tonga MOH

06 Mar 2018 description
report United Nations

The United Nations Pacific Strategy (UNPS) 2018-2022 is a five year strategic framework that outlines the collective response of the UN system to the development priorities in 14 Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs), namely Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati,

05 Mar 2018 description

The following syndromes were flagged this week:

• Acute Fever and Rash: Fiji, Tonga, French Polynesia, Vanuatu, FSM

• Prolonged Fever: Vanuatu

Other Updates:

Dengue:

• Ongoing dengue situation in Vanuatu with 86 suspected cases as of 27th February, 2018. Of these cases, 25 confirmed cases by NS1 or IgM and samples and pending PCR and Serotyping at Institute Pasteur in New Caledonia (IPNC). For further details please refer to Sit Rep posted by Ms Wendy Williams, MoH Vanuatu earlier today.

22 Feb 2018 description

The following syndromes were flagged this week.

• Acute Fever and Rash: Fiji, Northern Marianna Islands, FSM, Marshalls

• Dengue-like Illness: Vanuatu

• Prolonged Fever: Kiribati

Other Update:

Dengue:

• Vanuatu has reported increase in Dengue like illness cases. As of 16th February there were reported 6 suspected cases and 4 cases testing positive. Serotype pending further testing to Institute Pasteur in New Caledonia (IPNC). Source : Ms Wendy Williams, Vanuatu Ministry of Health

19 Feb 2018 description

The Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT) is a network of humanitarian organizations that work together to assist the Pacific island countries prepare for and respond to disasters. During disasters, the PHT provides support to governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and communities in delivering a fast, effective and appropriate disaster response. Outside of disasters, the PHT works with the Pacific governments and partners to ensure that the necessary arrangements are in place to enable effective international support to nationally-led disaster response.

15 Feb 2018 description

The following syndromes were flagged this week:

• Acute Fever and Rash: Northern Mariana Islands

• Dengue-like illness: Tonga

Other updates:

Dengue

• There is an ongoing dengue outbreak in the Northern division of Fiji, increasing number of cases have been reported from areas in the Western division. Dengue serotype-2 has been identified by the Institut Louis Malarde, French Polynesia. Source: Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

10 Feb 2018 description
  • A new Tropical Cyclone named TWO formed south-east of Guam on 9 February and started moving west as a Tropical Depression.

  • Over the next 48 hours, it is forecast to keep moving west toward the Philippines strengthening and it may pass close or over Yap Island (Federate States of Micronesia) on 10 February afternoon UTC and north of Palau on 11 February.

06 Feb 2018 description

This statement was originally published on Pacific Freedom Forum's Facebook page on 28 January 2018.

Governments need to recognise a new category of refugee for the information age, says PFF, the Pacific Freedom Forum.

"Journalists, whistleblowers and activists desperately need new options for keeping their urgent messages alive," says PFF Chair Monica Miller.

04 Feb 2018 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Commonwealth of the Northern Marianna Islands

  • Dengue-like illness: Tonga

Other updates

  • Dengue

Tonga Ministry of Health declared an outbreak on 24 January 2018. As of 5 February, there have been 52 confirmed cases including a fatal case. The cases are currently confined to Tongatapu, the main island. Serotype results are pending. The national clean-up campaign began on 1 February 2018. Source: Tonga Ministry of Health.

25 Jan 2018 description

There were no syndromes flagged this week

Other updates:

Diarrhoea

• There is an outbreak in Kiribati. As of 22 January 2018 there have been 561 cases of diarrhoea since 7 December 2017. Majority of the cases are less than 4 years of age. There have been two hospitalised cases and no associated deaths. Six out nineteen samples testing rotavirus positive using Rapid Diagnostic Kits. There have been continuous health promotion activities in the affected areas. Source: Ministry of Health & Medical Services.