Vanuatu

Tropical Cyclone Pam Situation Report No.20, 9 April 2015

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• The distributions of shelter assistance for 13,650 households have either taken place or are underway. This assistance is coordinated by the Shelter Cluster.

• Food distribution for the first round of food assistance is now complete on Tanna (30,000 people). Some additional distributions are underway to ensure the full ration has been provided in areas where population estimates have been revised upwards. Food distributions from the first round of food assistance continue on Pentecost and Maewo (24,000 people), with distributions expected to be completed on South Pentecost Monday, Central on Wednesday and North by the end of the week.

• The Department of Women’s Affairs with the support from Action Aid and UNFPA, has established a Women’s Information Centre (WIC) in Tanna province. The WIC acts as a hub for referrals identifying gaps in relation to access to humanitarian assistance to assist humanitarian actors provide aid more effectively. Another WIC opened in the NDMO ground in Port Vila and one more to follow in Eton this week.

• Measles campaign led by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and supported by UNICEF and WHO is currently underway. The total of 17,811 children have now been immunised for measles. The campaign in Tanna is being carried out and has reached almost 1,000 children to date.

• The number of cases of acute diarrhoea continues to rise in Tanna, with over 100 cases reported so far. There are on-going concerns regarding people’s limited access to clean water, poor hygiene practices and many still living in crowded conditions. Dispatch of a Diarrhoeal Disease Kit (IDDK), additional ORS and zinc tablets were sent to Tanna last week to assist health care workers to treat and manage the increasing number of cases.

• A technical subgroup on rehabilitation has been formed to lead the WASH Cluster on early recovery and rehabilitation. The key tasks of this group are to provide recommendations on standards for early recovery and rehabilitations and suggest the distribution of the work between agencies based on the list of repairs identified by the DGMWR.