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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.

15 Jan 2018 description

Island communities in the Pacific region depend on biodiversity for their livelihoods and well-being.

Biodiversity is a valuable resource. The world benefits from biodiversity and associated local traditional knowledge, so when these are exploited by parties with large financial resources – for example for the manufacture of pharmaceuticals – source countries need to be compensated.

UN Environment and others are working to ensure that benefits from the use of such resources are used to protect environments and the people who rely on them.

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

06 Jan 2018 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 31 December 2017-6 January 2018 and includes updates on hepatitis A, influenza, MERS, poliomyelitis and salomnellosis.

02 Jan 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Pascal Laureyn

This article is part of a series about the activists and communities of the Pacific and small island states who are responding to the effects of climate change. Leaders from climate and social justice movements from around the world met in Suva, Fiji from 4-8 December for International Civil Society Week.

22 Dec 2017 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 17-23 December 2017 and includes updates on dengue, chikungunya, influenza, Salmonella and measles.

20 Dec 2017 description
report World Bank

An abundance of scientific climate research and recent events clearly indicate that many Pacific Island Countries (PICs) are vulnerable to natural hazards. The economic impacts of cyclones, droughts and tsunamis show why governments need disaster risk finance and insurance strategies to protect against fiscal shocks.

19 Dec 2017 description

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (18 December 2017) — The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors has approved a total of $15 million in financing, comprised of policy-based loans and grants, for the Pacific Disaster Resilience Program which will help strengthen Samoa, Tonga, and Tuvalu’s resilience to disasters.

13 Dec 2017 description
report Government of Samoa

Outbreak overview

Samoa has confirmed a Dengue fever serotype2 outbreak that was detected in the month of October 2017. A bunch of blood samples were confirmed at the ESR Lab in New Zealand. From what we have, a cumulative total of 1,522 clinical and confirmed cases with 339 hospital admissions were recorded as of December 3rd. There have been 4 dengue related deaths recorded.

01 Dec 2017 description
report World Bank

Samoa has implemented the Enhanced Road Access Project to restore important road assets damaged by extreme weather, also to enhance the climate resilience of critical roads and bridges. One of the actions under the project is to help remove barriers for persons with disabilities, acknowledging that this is a positive step towards ensuring sustainable development in many Pacific Island countries.

Challenge

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.

28 Nov 2017 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

Small island states face some of the greatest vulnerabilities of any nations due to climate change and natural disasters—but the threats can be reduced through adequate investment, technical expertise and hands-on support. Through its Small Island States Resilience Initiative (SISRI), GFDRR is helping step up the rate of progress to safeguard these unique environments from climate impacts such as sea-level rise, storm events and droughts.

27 Nov 2017 description

The Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Company, which was established a year ago, is providing $US45 million dollars in insurance cover for five Pacific Island countries for the coming cyclone season.

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