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21 Mar 2019 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Vanuatu
  • Prolonged Fever: French Polynesia

Other updates:

Influenza

  • Circulation of Influenza A(H3N2) has been reported by Wallis and Futuna. [Source: PacNet post 19 March]

  • Increase in Influenza-like illness cases reported by Solomon Islands [Source: Personal communication]

Leptospirosis

01 Mar 2019 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Northern Mariana Islands, Samoa

Other updates:

Dengue

  • One case of autochthonous dengue type 2 has been detected in Wallis and Futuna. [source and personal communication]

20 Feb 2019 description

For over 70 years, Australia has been an active partner of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), supporting the Organization’s work through the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

15 Feb 2019 description

Climate change and migration in Kiribati, Tuvalu and Nauru

by Richard Curtain, Matthew Dornan

The atoll of states of Kiribati and Tuvalu have the unenviable distinction of being among the countries in the world that are most vulnerable to climate change. Both atoll nations are situated just metres above water. Both are already feeling the effects of a changing climate, with recent years seeing king tides affect the urban atolls of South Tarawa and Funafuti, and cyclonic activity causing extensive damage in Tuvalu.

13 Feb 2019 description

PACIFIC BEAT BY FOREIGN AFFAIRS REPORTER STEPHEN DZIEDZIC

Rising seas, devastating cyclones, ferocious storm surges.

Key points:

  • Island markers used to set boundaries between nations may eventually be underwater
  • There are already several contested borders in the Pacific
  • Maritime boundaries determine who has the right to Pacific fisheries

Scientists have long predicted climate change could pose an existential threat to the tiny island nations which dot the Pacific.

11 Feb 2019 description

The Tonga Red Cross says Cyclone Neil and it's associated low depression brought a lot of rain but left houses and property unscathed.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

07 Feb 2019 description

Recurrent drought, earthquakes, floods, typhoons, and volcanoes present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region. Some countries also face civil unrest and associated humanitarian impacts, as well as limited government capacity to respond to disasters. Between FY 2009 and FY 2018, 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.

25 Jan 2019 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Northern Marianna Islands, Vanuatu

Other updates:

Conjunctivitis

  • An increase in the number of cases has been reported by the Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) in Suva, Sigatoka, Nadi, Ba, Lautoka and Savusavu. Fiji last had an outbreak in 2016. Source: Fiji MHMS

Dengue

20 Dec 2018 description

On 19th December, The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Pacific Community (SPC) signed a Letter of Agreement, cementing their mutual commitment to work together to improve Tuvalu’s resilience to coastal flooding under the Tuvalu Coastal Adaptation Project (TCAP).

The nine low-lying atoll islands of Tuvalu are among the most vulnerable in the world to sea level rise and the impacts of climate change. As an example, large waves generated by Tropical Cyclone Pam in 2015 flooded multiple islands in Tuvalu and displaced 45% of the population.

19 Dec 2018 description

19/12/2018 - by Olivia Warrick, Climate Centre, New Zealand

Drought is a tricky hazard to prepare for in the Pacific – a silent, slow-onset disaster whose impacts may appear only gradually over months, making early warning early action difficult.

Now a group of regional agencies have got together to add Tuvalu to the list of Pacific island nations supported with developing science-based early warning for drought and prolonged dry conditions.

13 Dec 2018 description
report ACT Alliance

Over 28,000 people from around the world are gathered in Katowice, Poland for the international climate conference known as COP24. This event is key to negotiations on how to implement the Paris Agreement that was reached in 2015. The Paris Agreement set the ambition for the world to keep global temperature rise to 1.5°C. What is needed now is the rulebook to detail how the ambition will be achieved.

29 Nov 2018 description

The following syndrome has been flagged this week:

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

Other Updates:

Invasive Meningococcal Disease

22 Nov 2018 description

The following syndrome has been flagged this week:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Samoa.

Other Updates:

Invasive Meningococcal Disease

08 Nov 2018 description

The following syndrome has been flagged this week:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Federal States of Micronesia, French Polynesia

Other Update:

Invasive Meningococcal Disease

17 Oct 2018 description

The need to accelerate climate change adaptation and improve multi-hazard early warning systems to increase resilience to extreme weather took centre-stage at WMO’s Regional Association for Asia and the Pacific (RAV), hosted by Tonga from 15-17 October.

17 Oct 2018 description

Pacific countries presented the status of progress in the development of their early warning systems as part of a three-year project entitled “Strengthening Hydro-meteorological and Early Warning Services in the Pacific”.

Representatives from Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu provided updates at a session in Tonga on progress and priorities.

11 Oct 2018 description

A new warning system in Tuvalu is hoped to save people from freak waves and storm surges.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

21 Sep 2018 description

Tuvalu has reminded the United Nations that climate change poses an existential threat to the country.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.