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19 Apr 2018 description

Total number of consultations and reporting rate: There is a increase in total consultation from 2112 consultation in epiweek 14 to 2600 consultation in epiweek 15, with reporting rates 100% from 11 sentinel sites in epiweek 15.

19 Apr 2018 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

• Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Tonga

Other Updates:

Meningococcal disease:

17 Apr 2018 description

By Bindi Bryce

The active volcano on Vanuatu's Ambae island is once again spewing out ash and harmful smoke, and Vanuatu's government is now looking into acquiring land to permanently resettle the island's 13,000 residents.

The active volcano on Vanuatu's Ambae island has once again begun spewing out ash and harmful smoke, and Vanuatu's government is now looking into acquiring land to permanently resettle the island's 13,000 residents.

17 Apr 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

SUVA, 16 April 2018 - Today, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) signed a NZ$7 million agreement to support the prevention and reduction of newborn mortality in Kiribati, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

16 Apr 2018 description

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon announces £2.9 million for human rights projects across the Commonwealth, with particular focus on the South Pacific and small states.

UK Minister for Human Rights today announces 3 projects to support human rights across the Commonwealth, with particular focus on the South Pacific and small states. This £2.9 million work will support member states, regional organisations and human rights institutions in promoting human rights standards across the Commonwealth, with a focus on equality and adherence to international human rights obligations.

16 Apr 2018 description
report Christian Aid

New study: The climate change inequality at the heart of the Commonwealth

16 Apr 2018 description

Vanuatu's Council of Ministers has authorised the government to secure permanent resettlement for Ambae's 11,000 people by the end of May.

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15 Apr 2018 description

As part of an ongoing effort to promote disability-inclusive humanitarian action in Pacific countries, this policy brief identifies priority actions for disaster readiness, response and recovery. It has been prepared through a collaborative approach and should be a key reference in the future, promoting coordination across all levels and stages of the humanitarian cycle in the Region.

Promoting inclusion in Pacific humanitarian action

15 Apr 2018 description

An Ambae community leader is pleading for the Vanuatu government to act quickly to evacuate residents who are in dire straits with the island's volcano spewing ash and gas.

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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.

13 Apr 2018 description

Vanuatu's Council of Ministers has declared a state of emergency on Ambae due to the island's volcano spewing so much ash the island is becoming uninhabitable.

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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

09 Apr 2018 description
  • Tropical Cyclone KENI formed over the South West Pacific Ocean close to Vanuatu and started moving south-east on 8 April. On 9 April at 0.00 UTC, it had maximum sustained winds of 74 km/h (tropical storm).
  • Over the next 48 hours, it is forecast to strengthen and keep heading southeast, possibly passing south-west of Viti Levu Island (Fiji) on 10 April early morning UTC and south-west of Tonga in the evening. Heavy rain with local thunderstorms and strong winds may occur over several areas of Vanuatu and Fiji.
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.

05 Apr 2018 description

Ambae volcano is continuing in the minor eruption state; Its Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 3 .

The volcanic eruption at Ambae confined inside the Lake Voui is stable at Alert Level 3. The volcanic activity is likely to remain at the minor eruptive activity or decrease to a major level of unrest at any time. The restricted area of risk is limited to the area of 3 km from the active vent and areas located in the Yellow Zone (See Map below).

04 Apr 2018 description

Situation Overview

Sectorial technical assessment commenced on the 17th of March 2018 by cluster grouping representing vital sectors such as Agriculture ,WASH ,Shelter, Gender, Education, Health and Logistic .

03 Apr 2018 description

The Vanuatu government is looking at relocating the people of Waluwebue after a flash flood on the island of Ambae.

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02 Apr 2018 description

A flash flood has struck a village on the island of Ambae, destroying about 30 houses and affecting more than 100 people.

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31 Mar 2018 description

GNS scientists helping to monitor an erupting volcano in Vanuatu say large ash falls and acid rain are damaging crops, water supplies and buildings.

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