The following syndrome has been flagged this week:
- Acute Fever and Rash: Federal States of Micronesia, French Polynesia
Invasive Meningococcal Disease
The need to accelerate climate change adaptation and improve multi-hazard early warning systems to increase resilience to extreme weather took centre-stage at WMO’s Regional Association for Asia and the Pacific (RAV), hosted by Tonga from 15-17 October.
Pacific countries presented the status of progress in the development of their early warning systems as part of a three-year project entitled “Strengthening Hydro-meteorological and Early Warning Services in the Pacific”.
Representatives from Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu provided updates at a session in Tonga on progress and priorities.
A new warning system in Tuvalu is hoped to save people from freak waves and storm surges.
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Tuvalu has reminded the United Nations that climate change poses an existential threat to the country.
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Reaching the ‘missing’ cases by boat and by bike
By UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
The Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT) is a network of humanitarian organizations that work together to assist the Pacific island countries prepare for and respond to disasters. During disasters, the PHT provides support to governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and communities in delivering a fast, effective and appropriate disaster response. Outside of disasters, the PHT works with the Pacific governments and partners to ensure that the necessary arrangements are in place to enable effective international support to nationally-led disaster response.
The Country Preparedness Package (CPP) is a joint initiative by the Governments and the Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT). The CPP is intended to strengthen preparedness and collaboration between national and international actors in a disaster response. The CPP is developed and agreed with the national governments before a disaster. Throughout the process, national actors become more aware of the international tools and services and how they can be activated. This will enable a more ‘demand-driven’ response, tailored to the specific context.
SUVA, 28 August 2018 – Today, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and The Pacific Community (SPC) announced a new partnership to support the strengthening of data collection and data analysis to improve the lives of the most vulnerable children, women and people with disabilities across the Pacific islands and territories.
The collection and dissemination of reliable data of children and women worldwide is vital to identify and plan for their needs and to inform policies.
Patrick Pringle, Climate Analytics, Samoa
An international initiative to improve early warning systems against extreme weather and support climate change adaptation is gaining momentum to protect more people in more places. Financing has been extended to cover the Caribbean and West African regions.
Pacific marine climate change - partnership with regional and UK experts reveals full regional impacts
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
HIV and tuberculosis (TB) are the two most deadly infectious diseases in the world. Globally in 2016, TB took the lives of more than 1.7 million people, while 1 million died from HIV-related illnesses. TB is also the leading cause of death for people living with HIV, with about one-third of HIV-related deaths occurring as a result of the co-infection.
By Devan Kreisberg, Naraya Carrasco, Denis Jordy, and Alessio Giardino
If we’ve learned anything from our modern era, it’s that the smallest changes can be extremely powerful. From DNA molecules to microprocessors, “small” can have a big impact.
The following syndrome has been flagged:
• Acute Fever and Rash: Northern Marianna Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu
• Dengue-like illness: French Polynesia
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon announces £2.9 million for human rights projects across the Commonwealth, with particular focus on the South Pacific and small states.
UK Minister for Human Rights today announces 3 projects to support human rights across the Commonwealth, with particular focus on the South Pacific and small states. This £2.9 million work will support member states, regional organisations and human rights institutions in promoting human rights standards across the Commonwealth, with a focus on equality and adherence to international human rights obligations.
New study: The climate change inequality at the heart of the Commonwealth
Disaster events have lasting impacts on people, communities, and socioeconomic development. Countries in the Pacific are among the most exposed, globally, to natural disasters, including floods, droughts, cyclones, and earthquakes. The effects of climate change threaten to increase the severity and frequency of hazard events in the Pacific region, emphasizing the need for Pacific island countries to protect themselves against corresponding social and economic consequences.