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18 May 2018 description
report Government of Tonga

18th May, 2018 **The Exchange of Notes for Japan’s 2.8 billion Japanese Yen (equivalent to approximately 56 million pa’anga) General Grant Aid for the Project for “Nationwide Early Warning System (NEWS) and Strengthening Disaster Communications” for the Kingdom of Tonga, were singed by Mr. Kazuyuki Nakane, State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Hon. Semisi Kioa Lafu Sika, Tonga’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Tourism on 16 May 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.**

17 May 2018 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Northern Marianna Islands, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Tokelau, Tonga

  • Diarrhoea: Cook Islands

  • Dengue-**like illness**: Kiribati

Other Updates:

Dengue:

17 May 2018 description

Tonga's Ministry of Finance says February's tropical cyclone Gita inflicted $US156 million worth of damage to the islands of Tongatapu and 'Eua.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

16 May 2018 description
report Government of Tonga

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) opened its 74th session in Bangkok on 14 May 2018, with a strong call for strengthening multilateralism and regional integration to tackle rising inequalities in the region.

ESCAP is taking steps to advance more balanced, equitable growth in Asia and the Pacific by advocating for the strengthening of social protection systems, enhancing financial inclusion, raising education spending, reducing vulnerability to environmental hazards, and closing the ICT digital divide.

11 May 2018 description
report Government of Tonga

11th May 2018

The World Bank has undertaken to provide financial assistance for the second phase of the reconstruction as a result of Cyclone Gita. However that assistance is not likely to be received until later in the year and because of that, Cabinet has made the following decisions –

  1. That the Government will fund part of the material for the rebuilding of schools affected by Cyclone Gita;

  2. That all building material that are to be imported for the above purpose be exempted from import duty;

10 May 2018 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

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

• Diarrhoea: Cook Islands

• Dengue-like illness: Kiribati

Other Updates:

Dengue:

• Kiribati reports an increase in dengue-like illness cases. Since 21 March 2018, 95 samples have been tested, of these 22 tested NS1 +ve using Dengue duo RDT kit. There have been 3 hospitalised cases, no deaths have been reported. Samples have been sent to reference laboratory for confirmation. Source: Kiribati MHMS

09 May 2018 description
report Government of Tonga

Tonga benefits from Climate and Ocean Support Program in the Pacific Nuku’alofa, Tonga- The Climate and Oceans Support Program in the Pacific (COSPPac) officially opened its eleventh steering committee meeting and final planning meeting for phase 1 this morning. The week-long meeting will include consultation on the work plan for COSPPac Phase 2, the planned four-year continuation of Australian assistance to Pacific Island Countries.

03 May 2018 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

• Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Vanuatu

Other Updates:

Meningococcal disease:

• There is an ongoing Meningococcal group C disease outbreak in Fiji.

Dengue:

• There are ongoing dengue serotype-2 outbreaks in American Samoa, Fiji, Vanuatu. The weekly number of cases (dengue serotype-2) reported has decreased significantly in Tonga and Samoa.

• Dengue serotype-1 outbreak is ongoing in Wallis and Futuna

02 May 2018 description
report Government of Tonga

02nd May, 2018 The Climate Change Trust Fund (CCTF) approved a total of four Water Tank project proposals for Pangai, Fangale’ounga, Ha’ano and ‘Uiha of the Ha’apai Islands. The successful applicants will each be given fifteen water tanks, collecting up to 5,000 litres per tank.

02 May 2018 description

The head of Tonga's Red Cross says hundreds of people are waiting for the government to help them rebuild houses that were destroyed in February's Cyclone Gita.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

02 May 2018 description
report Government of Tonga

Tonga is again joining other Parties, relevant non-Parties, and Observer organizations at the Forty Eight Negotiating Sessions of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany from 30th April – 10th May 2018.

The drive behind this negotiating session is to further develop the Paris Agreement Work Program, and to effectively participate in the Talanoa Dialogue, which will take stock on progress towards the long-term global goals.

26 Apr 2018 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

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

• Dengue-like illness: French Polynesia

Other Updates:

Meningococcal disease:

24 Apr 2018 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

AT A GLANCE

Region East Asia and Pacific
Risks Reversal of development gains post-disaster; long term economic and fiscal impacts
Area of Engagement Deepening financial protection

Following a successful pilot program, Pacific Island Countries established a sovereign catastrophe risk insurance company for the region, increasing resilience and access to short-term funds needed to respond to disasters.

HIGH VULNERABILITY, LIMITED BUDGETS

23 Apr 2018 description

The housing charity Habitat for Humanity is aiming to rebuild and repair up to 500 homes in Tonga after the widespread detruction from Cyclone Gita in February.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

19 Apr 2018 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

• Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Tonga

Other Updates:

Meningococcal disease:

18 Apr 2018 description

Leiti is a Tongan word to describe transgender women, it comes from the English word “lady”. In Tonga the transgender community is organized by the Tonga Leiti Association (TLA), and with the support of Tonga Family Health Association (TFHA). Together they are educating people to help stop the discrimination and stigma surrounding the Leiti community.

18 Apr 2018 description
report Government of Tonga

The Pacific is a region that is highly vulnerable to natural disasters. The recent devastation of Tropical Cyclone Gita and Tropical Cyclone Keni in the Kingdom of Tonga and in on Fiji re -emphasizes the vulnerability of the Pacific’s to this natural hazard.