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30 Apr 2010 description

This report covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2009

In brief

Programme summary: The Pacific region experienced both large and small disasters in 2009. In the first two months of the year, Pacific Red Cross national societies responded to flooding in Fiji caused by a tropical depression; flooding caused by sea swells in Papua New Guinea and Kiribati; and devastating bushfires in Australia. Later in the year, teams were mobilized to provide immediate relief and ongoing psychological support to survivors of the sinking of the Princess Ashika Ferry in Tonga.

14 Apr 2010 description

This report covers the period 01 January to 31 December 2009.

In brief

Programme purpose: To increase the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) capacity to assist national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to reduce the number of deaths, injuries and impact from disasters through the provision of timely and adequate financial support for disaster response from the DREF.

Programme Summary:

The DREF made a total of 108 allocations in 2009 to support National Society response to 96 different disasters, disbursing a total of 17,469,048 Swiss …

11 Jan 2010 description

The International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the International Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross and Red Crescent response to emergencies. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation's disaster response system and increases the ability of national societies to respond to disasters.

The period covered in this report: 3 August - 21 December 2009

CHF 50,000 (USD 44,929 or EUR 33,053) has been allocated from the International Federation's …

30 Dec 2009 description

This report covers the period 1 July 2009 to 31 December 2009

In brief

Programme summary:

The last six months have been marked by a number of small and large scale disasters in the Pacific region. The Red Cross Societies of Samoa, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Fiji have responded to the needs of communities affected by a devastating earthquake and tsunami, a sunken Ferry, a triple epidemic (cholera, dysentery and influenza), a volcano eruption, floods and a cyclone.

20 Oct 2009 description

Executive summary

In the context of the Asia Pacific zone, its demographic, socio-economic and environmental trends, and the International Federation's strategic priorities, the Pacific region covers a vast geographical area comprising thousands of islands and atolls. The majority of Pacific island countries contend with the challenges of smallness and geographic isolation. The Pacific island countries are the most heavily aid-assisted part of the world on a per capita basis.

27 Aug 2009 description

This report covers the period 1 January to 30 June 2009

In brief

Programme purpose: To increase the capacity of the International Federation to assist National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to reduce the number of deaths, injuries and impact from disasters through the provision of timely and adequate financial support for disaster response from the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF).

Programme summary:

During the first six months of the year, the DREF allocated a total of CHF 7,484,779 in 49 different allocations to 32 Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies.

07 Jul 2009 description

This report covers the period 1 January 2009 to 30 June 2009.

In brief

Programme summary:

The Pacific regional office works with and supports a total of 12 national societies and two in formation in the region, including Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati Islands, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

In this reporting period, the regional office continues to engage with national societies in the region on disaster management, health and care as well as organizational …

10 Jun 2009 description

MANILA, 10 June 2009, 16:00-Australia reported 13 new laboratory-confirmed cases of the influenza A(H1N1) virus, as the total number of infections in the Western Pacific Region increased to 2036. China, Japan, New Zealand, the Philippines and Viet Nam also announced new infections.

09 Jun 2009 description

MANILA, 9 June 2009, 16:00-The number of laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza A(H1N1) in Australia increased to 1211, the highest total in the Western Pacific Region, after that country reported 160 new infections. China, Japan, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Singapore and Viet Nam also announced additional cases of the virus.

08 Jun 2009 description

MANILA, 8 June 2009, 1600 hrs-Laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza A(H1N1) in the Western Pacific Region increased to 1721 after six Member States reported new infections.

02 Jun 2009 description

MANILA, 2 June 2009, 1600 hrs-The Western Pacific Region's tally of laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza A(H1N1) increased to 935 after six Member States reported new cases of the virus.

01 Jun 2009 description

MANILA, 1 June 2009, 1600 hrs - Viet Nam reported its first laboratory-confirmed case of influenza A(H1N1) as the Western Pacific's count rose to 806 cases. Australia recorded a further 43 cases and China, Japan, the Philippines and Singapore also announced new infections.

29 May 2009 description

MANILA, 29 May 2009, 16:00 - Australia reported 81 new laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza A(H1N1) to take its total to 147. China, Japan, Singapore and South Korea and also announced new cases.

28 May 2009 description

MANILA, 28 May 2009, 1600 hrs-New laboratory confirmed cases of influenza A(H1N1) were reported in Australia, China, Japan, the Philippines and Singapore, bringing the number of cases in the Western Region to 506. So far no deaths from influenza A(H1N1) have been reported in the Western Pacific Region.

Singapore announced its first confirmed case of influenza A(H1N1), a 22-year-old Singaporean woman who returned from the United States via Frankfurt, Germany, on 26 May. Four new cases were confirmed in the Philippines, all of them Filipinos.

23 May 2009 description
report Government of Japan

Hokkaido, Japan, 22-23 May 2009

1.The Leaders of Japan and the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) countries met for the Fifth Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM) (hereinafter referred to as "PALM 5") from 22 to 23 May 2009 in Hokkaido, Japan. The Leaders and representatives of Japan, Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu were in attendance. The Meeting was co-chaired by the Prime Minister of Japan, H.E.

23 May 2009 description
report Government of Japan

1.Principles

Recalling the Statement on Environment in the Pacific issued at PALM 2, the Leaders of Japan and the PIF expressed their renewed commitment to pursue the shared vision of an eco-friendly Pacific.

22 May 2009 description

The International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross and Red Crescent response to emergencies.