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10 Nov 2017 description

By Giff Johnson

The sobering statistic that the growth of one in three Marshall Islands children is stunted has propelled President Hilda Heine and the Marshall Islands government to launch a major effort to improve early childhood nutrition and health status.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

10 Nov 2017 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Vanuatu

  • Diarrhoea: Cook Islands, Vanuatu

  • Influenza-like illness: Vanuatu

Other updates


  • French Polynesia: Increase number of cases reported, Influenza A (H3N2) has been identified by the Institut Louis Malarde, French Polynesia. Source: French Polynesia Ministry of Health.


09 Nov 2017 description

Australia and New Zealand connect with UNDP and Small Island Developing States to build next-generation climate resilience projects

Einstein pointed out that “the most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible.” When sea-levels rise, resources run thin and politics enters the conversation, however, our comprehension of the universe can become overly complex.

This is especially true when addressing climate change impacts on the world’s Small Island Developing States.

08 Nov 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

SUVA, Fiji, Nov 8 2017 (IPS) - In the Pacific, climate change is an ever-present threat, undermining human rights, livelihoods, and security. Pacific Islanders are working with courage and resolve to build the resilience of their communities and to catalyse international actions towards ending global carbon pollution.

03 Nov 2017 description

Week 43, ending 29 October 2017

The following syndrome was flagged this week.

Acute Fever and Rash: Fiji, French Polynesia


Mumps Ongoing outbreaks in Vanuatu and Pohnpei and Kosrae,state (FSM).

03 Nov 2017 description
report Caritas Australia

“My country is in peril from rising seas so I am here to appeal for urgent climate action, otherwise we will lose our homes. Kiribati is going under water,” said Eri Aram.

Eri, a 28-year old father of three from Kiribati, is in Australia this week to tell the story of his country. He will then attend the UN climate summit in Germany to ensure his people are given a voice in determining future climate policy.

For Eri, forced relocation as a result of climate change is a very real and grim prospect.

27 Oct 2017 description

The following syndrome was flagged this week. 

Acute Fever and Rash: Fiji, French Polynesia



  • Ongoing outbreaks in Vanuatu and Pohnpei and Kosrae,state (FSM).
25 Oct 2017 description

As of August 2017:

  • 30 out of 37 countries in the UNFPA Asia-Pacific region completed at least one violence against women (VAW) prevalence survey

  • 4 countries have completed more than one national VAW prevalence survey with comparable methods

  • 26 countries have national statistics on intimate partner violence

24 Oct 2017 description
report Government of Tonga

24th October, 2017 Over 40 delegates from 15 countries convened in Nuku’alofa today for the inaugural Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Workshop, known as the Exercise READY ASSIT, at Tano’a International Dateline Hotel. The three-day event is co-hosted by Australia and Tonga.

17 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.

2016 was a challenging year for human rights and democracy, with a shrinking space for civil society and complex humanitarian and political crises emerging. In this context, the European Union showed leadership and remained strongly committed to promote and protect human rights and democracy across the world.

15 Oct 2017 description

Week 41, ending 15 October 2017

The following syndrome has been flagged:

Acute Fever and Rash: Kiribati, Fiji and Federated State of Micronesia Diarrhoea: Marshall Islands

08 Oct 2017 description

The following syndrome was flagged this week. 

Acute Fever and Rash: Kiribati 
Prolonged Fever: Kiribati


Typhoid fever

  • Fiji: There have been 13 cases on Moturiki isands in the Eastern health division of Fiji. The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) is working on Moturiki Islands to create awareness on the necessary preventive measure including safe water, sanitation and hygiene. Source: MHMS and media
05 Oct 2017 description

Description: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) mission in the Federated States of Micronesia oversees the offices in the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and Palau. The IOM mission in the Federated States of Micronesia has created a country strategy for the period 2017–2020 for each country, tailored to fit specific government needs and priorities.

04 Oct 2017 description

What is the Pacific Humanitarian Team?

The Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT) is a network of humanitarian organizations that work together to assist the Pacific Island countries in preparing for and responding to disasters.

01 Oct 2017 description

The following syndrome was flagged this week. 

Acute Fever and Rash: Fiji



  • Outbreaks are ongoing in Vanuatu and Kosrae state (FSM) and Hawaii


  • Marshall Islands: there were 65 cases reported for the week ending 1 October 2017. Source: RMI CD weekly report No. 39

30 Sep 2017 description


Greetings from Apia,

While a lot of important leaders meetings were taking place in the region in September, there were also a large number of technical meetings convened.
These will all contribute towards the scientific basis of climate change work in the region.

29 Sep 2017 description

Introduction: Message from the Director General

I am pleased to introduce the Annual Report for 2016 and Director General’s Overview of Progress since the 27th SPREP Meeting held in Niue in September, 2016. It has been another successful year of implementation and results in support of Pacific island countries and territories.

SPREP Strategic Plan 2017–2026

18 Sep 2017 description

18 September 2017, Apia, Samoa – Four countries launched national publications today at the Pacific Environment Forum, detailing the state of the environment and national strategies for environmental management.

The importance of periodic stocktaking exercises for Pacific islands, such as State of Environment (SOE) reports and National Environment Management Strategies (NEMS), was highlighted today during the launching of national environmental planning and monitoring tools at a side event at the Pacific Environment Forum in Apia, Samoa.