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22 Jan 2018 description

Logistics Cluster engagement begins in the North Pacific

PROJECTS STARTED IN REPUBLIC OF MARSHALL ISLANDS (RMI), FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA (FSM), PALAU & KIRIBATI

1 Regional Pacific Logistics Cluster & ETC joint workshop

HELD IN PORT VILA, VANUATU 104 ATTENDEES FROM 35 AGENCIES & 12 COUNTRIES

Supported 7 regional events

FIJI: LONG REACH; DREE; PACIFIC HUMANITARIAN PARTNERSHIP (PHP) MEETING

NEW ZEALAND: SOUTHERN KATIPO; NGO DISASTER RELIEF FORUM MEETING

19 Jan 2018 description

Drought, earthquakes, floods, typhoons, volcanoes, and civil unrest, compounded by limited government response capacity in some countries, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region. Between FY 2008 and FY 2017, 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 range of natural and complex emergencies in the region.

17 Jan 2018 description

Project Highlights

Coordination & Information Management

• Support on the Ambae Emergency Evacuation response: World Food Programme was one of the only three agencies (along with IOM and IFRC) requested to provide technical support for the Vanuatu government-led Ambae response.
A WFP Logistics Officer was deployed and took on a mentoring role to support the nationally led, provincially focused logistics response.

12 Jan 2018 description

KEY FACTS & FIGURES

Establishment of Pacific Shelter Cluster: 2012, Fiji: 2012, Solomon Islands: 2014, Vanuatu: 2014, Tonga, Samoa, Marshall Islands: in process Recent activations: Feb 2016 TC Winston in Fiji, March 2015 TC Pam in Vanuatu.

Recent national responses with regional support and number of people reached with emergency shelter:

Dec 2016
Makira EQ/tsunami in Solomon Islands 5,004

May 2017
TC Donna in Vanuatu 2,564

12 Jan 2018 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

• Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Vanuatu

Other updates:

Dengue

• A dengue outbreak was declared on 3 January 2018 in the Macuata subdivision, the Northern Health Division of Fiji. The largest age group affected is the 20-39 years old. The dengue serotype has not been identified. Source: Ministry of Health and Medical Services and Media

22 Dec 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

• Acute Fever and Rash: Cook Islands, Vanuatu

• Prolonged fever: Marshall Islands

Other updates:

Dengue

• There is a dengue serotype-2 outbreak in Samoa. As of 18 December there have been 1,788 cases since August 2017, including four deaths. The most affected age group is those under 19 years of age. There continues to be efforts for reduction of mosquito breeding sites. Source: Samoa MoH Dengue outbreak Situation Report No.2

14 Dec 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

• Acute Fever and Rash: Fiji, French Polynesia, Palau, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu • Prolonged fever: Vanuatu

Other updates:

Dengue

• There is a dengue serotype-2 outbreak in Samoa. As of 3 December there have been 1,522 cases since August 2017, including four deaths. There continues to be efforts for reduction of mosquito breeding sites. Source: Samoa MoH Dengue outbreak Situation Report No.1. Please refer to PacNet posting on 14 December for further information.

13 Dec 2017 description

The Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs has released the 16th Edition of To Walk the Earth in Safety, a report underscoring the accomplishments of the U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction Program.

08 Dec 2017 description

Authorities in Solomon Islands are trying to ascertain the extent of damage after flooding across Guadalcanal this week.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

06 Dec 2017 description

B. Situation Overview

General Situation:

A trough lies over Solomon Islands and links to a weak Low located south of Rennell Island. The Low is expected to move towards the southeast. As a result a heavy rain alert was issued starting Wednesday 29th November but later updated into a heavy rain warning.

The current system is still around and is pexected to ease by Thursday as the low moves further away from the country.

01 Dec 2017 description

There have not been any syndromes flagged for the reporting week 47.

Other updates

Dengue

A dengue outbreak is ongoing in Wallis and Futuna. Clean up of communities to eradicate mosquito breeding sites is ongoing. As of 6 November there have been 7 confirmed cases, of which two have had dengue serotype-1 identified. Source: Health Agency Wallis and Futuna There is an ongoing dengue-serotype 2 outbreak in Samoa

Mumps

30 Nov 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 29 2017 (IPS) - The 1951 UN convention on political refugees– which never foresaw the phenomenon of climate change– permits refugee status only if one “has a well-founded fear of persecution because of his/her race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion.”

But a proposal for an amendment to that Convention—or an optional protocol — to include a new category of “environmental refugees” has failed to get off the ground.

27 Nov 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Fiji, French Polynesia

Other updates

Dengue

  • A dengue serotype-2 outbreak is ongoing in Samoa. Clean up of communities to eradicate mosquito breeding sites is ongoing. Source: Samoa Ministry of Health.
16 Nov 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

BONN, GERMANY, 15 November 2017 – Timoci Naulusala, 12, and Shalvi Shakshi, 10, together with their proud parents arrived in Bonn, Germany, this week to tell their stories of climate change impacts in Fiji, and how they coped with the devastation of Cyclone Winston. They are calling on world leaders to commit to climate action to protect their homes, and those of all Pacific Island children.

15 Nov 2017 description

UNFCCC COP23, Bonn, Germany – Reducing the risks from climate change and disasters would be futile if it does not reduce the risks to those who are most disproportionately impacted. 

Therefore, climate change and disaster risk reduction (CCDRR) must ensure that the protection of life, security, and dignity of all people are at the center of its activities.  

12 Nov 2017 description

Between four and seven cyclones are expected during the 2017 - 2018 cyclone season. This represents lower than average activity. There is normal risk of severe cyclones for Vanuatu, New Caledonia,
Fiji and Samoa, while the risk is reduced for Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Samoa,
Tonga, Niue and Cook Islands.

La Niña

10 Nov 2017 description

A meeting of civil society organisations in Fiji last week aimed to ensure that Pacific concerns on climate change are part of a binding UN agreement on migration.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.