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19 Sep 2017 description

While currently known as a relatively stable part of the world, the Pacific is no stranger to the devastating impacts of conflict. In recent decades both the Solomon Islands and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville have experienced internal strife, while communities in the PNG Highlands continue to deal with the humanitarian consequences of inter-tribal violence.

These conflicts illustrate the necessity for all countries in all regions – whether at peace or war – to know and support the humanitarian laws designed to put limits on warfare.

12 Sep 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Federated States of Micronesia

Other updates

Malaria vector:

  • New Caledonia health officials have identified the presence of the type of mosquito that can transmit malaria. It is not known when and how the Anopheles mosquitoes entered New Caledonia but they are now established in the area of La Tontouta, north of Noumea. Source: Personal communication with New Caledonia health official and media.
08 Sep 2017 description

Delegates from six Pacific countries have reviewed their use of data after disasters at a meeting in Fiji.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

06 Sep 2017 description

Suva, Fiji – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with support from the Government of India, through the newly established India-UN Development Partnership Fund, have launched the Climate Early Warning Systems in Pacific Island Countries Project. The project aims to enhance the adaptive ability of the Governments of the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands and the Kingdom Tonga.

01 Sep 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Fiji, French Polynesia, Niue

There are no updates this week.

29 Aug 2017 description
report World Bank

Executive Summary

The Pacific region is known to be one of the most exposed to natural hazards and climate change in the world. Pacific Island Countries (PICs) are exposed to a wide variety of natural hazards, including cyclones, droughts, earthquakes, electrical storms, extreme winds, floods, landslides, storm surges, tsunami and volcanic eruptions. Some of these hazards will be exacerbated by climate change.

25 Aug 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands

Other updates

Dengue

  • American Samoa: As of 17 August 2017, there have been 182 confirmed cases, dengue serotype-2 is in circulation. Source: American Samoa Department of Health

23 Aug 2017 description

The main purpose of the Working Group is to improve tsunami warning and mitigation services and information sharing for the PICT’s.

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)- Pacific Tsunami Warning Systems (PTWS) Working Group on Tsunami Warning and Mitigation for the Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICT’s) has successfully completed its 5th regional meeting that was held in Honiara, Solomon Islands from the 7th to the 9th of August.

22 Aug 2017 description

By Pradeep Kurukulasuriya, Head of Climate Change Adaptation, UNDP

Since its inception, the Adaptation Fund has provided critical support for climate resilient development strategies across the globe. Working through agencies such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), governments across the globe have accessed Adaptation Fund finance to reduce climate change risks and build more climate resilient nations.

18 Aug 2017 description

Suva, Fiji 18 August 2017

Every year on 19 August, World Humanitarian Day brings the world together to rally support for people affected by humanitarian crisis and pay tribute to humanitarian workers who help them. World Humanitarian Day is a day dedicated to recognize humanitarian personnel and those who have lost their lives working for humanitarian causes. It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly as part of a Swedishsponsored GA Resolution A/63/L.49.

18 Aug 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash:Kiribati, Nauru, Solomon Islands
  • Prolonged fever: Kiribati

Other updates

Influenza

  • Australia is experiencing its worst ever flu season. There have been more than 70,000 cases reported. Experts are advising individuals to get immunized, if they have not been, to help prevent further cases. Source: Media
18 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

DA NANG, Viet Nam, 14 August 2017 – A newborn baby dies every two minutes in the Western Pacific Region. A major contributor to newborn deaths is the early separation from the mothers after birth. Not only do separated babies not benefit from skin-to-skin contact, they are exposed to hypothermia and hospital-acquired infections. Further, babies are often given infant formula instead of breast milk, which increases the risk of infection, malnutrition and death many fold.

15 Aug 2017 description

By Liam Fox

The Australian and Solomon Islands governments have signed a security treaty that paves the way for rapid Australian assistance in the event of future natural disasters or outbreaks of civil unrest.

Solomons Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare signed the security treaty with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during an official visit to Canberra.

Later, as Mr Sogavare watched proceedings in Parliament, Mr Turnbull outlined some details of the treaty.

14 Aug 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

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

Other updates

Influenza A(H7N9) – human infection

  • On 11, 14 and 21 July 2017 the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China notified WHO of three individual laboratory- confirmed cases of human infection with avian Infleunza A(H7N9) virus in China. All three cases reported to have exposure to a live poultry market. Source: WHO
04 Aug 2017 description

The Asia-Pacific region is one of the most disaster-prone areas in the world, with frequently occurring natural disasters including earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical storms, flooding, landslides and volcanic eruptions affecting millions of people every year.