Solomon Islands

UNICEF Solomon Islands Humanitarian Response and Recovery Update #3 - Reporting period: 11 June - 10 July 2014

Situation Report
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  • UNICEF Deputy Executive Director New York, Yoka Brandt and Regional Director for East Asia and Pacific Regional Office Daniel Toole visited Solomon Islands from 22 to 24 June; during part of their visit they went to an affected community and to an evacuation/transitional centre, and talked with residents there.

  • Government announced that it will no longer operate the remaining transitional centres due to financial constraints. Government announced on the June 28 that it will no longer provide weekly food supply nor any other form of assistance. Nevertheless, 922 displaced people continue to live in the remaining three centres.

  • WASH cluster activities have now moved from the Emergency Response phase to Recovery Phase. UNICEF continues to support Government with WASH cluster coordination, including information management and is directly funding (through a Central Emergency Fund Grant from UN OCHA), and overseeing some of the ongoing response work by several cluster partners

  • UNICEF signed programme agreements with key partners ( Save the Children, Solomon Islands Red Cross, World Vision and Live and Learn) in Solomon Islands with a total value of SBD 14.5 million (USD 2 million) to provide safe water and adequate sanitation and hygiene to 10 communities and 15 schools

  • All 12 schools have completed the school feeding program funded by an Emergency Cash Grant from OCHA and reported improvements in attendance rates.

  • Supplementary Immunization Activity (SIA) for Children between 1 and 4 years 11 months:
    Honiara City Council completed the SIA in Honiara surpassing the target of 9,387 children with an additional 328 children. The activity also includes distribution of Vitamin A, and deworming tablets and screening for malnutrition. Completion of the SIA in Guadalcanal was delayed and now needs to be reorganized to complete the campaign. Funds have been received from UNICEF, and the EPI department of Guadalcanal Province has started organising with relevant partners including the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS), UNICEF and WHO to fill in the gap.

  • The rotavirus infection outbreak that resulted in 16 deaths in June is now under control.

  • A review and revision of the Humanitarian Action Plan (HAP) was conducted by the government in June. The Revised HAP will continue until end of July and remaining recovery activities will be included in a longer term Recovery Plan. The Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Coordination (MDPAC) is currently developing the long term Recovery Plan, which will include budgets for line ministries to be part of the government fiscal/development plan for 2015.