This week, Vanuatu Prime Minister Hon, Charlot Tabimasmas officially opened two Provincial Emergency Operations Centres (PEOC’s) in Malampa and in Sanma. The PEOC’s were funded by the EU through the Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific (BSRP) Project, with a total cost of €700,000. Each centre is built to facilitate three or more National Disaster Management Officers and it is fully equipped with the necessary technologies and ability to send and receive real-time disaster information.
Twenty two Ni-Vanuatu health workers are undertaking another week-long training module on epidemiology in Port-Vila this week (19-24 June).
This is the third of five training modules of the Postgraduate Certificate in Field Epidemiology (PGCFE) programme implemented in Vanuatu by the Pacific Community (SPC).
Epidemiology is a fundamental science of public health that studies the patterns, causes and effects of health conditions in populations.
The Government of Vanuatu and the Australian Capital Territory Emergency Service Agency (ACTESA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding today to support the mutual exchange of technical assistance in emergency management and strengthen the long-term resilience of the Pacific Island country.
This strategic collaboration has been facilitated in partnership with the Pacific Island Emergency Management Alliance (PIEMA) which is implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC) and funded by the European Union’s €19.37million ACP-EU Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific Project.
Over 20 health professionals from all six provinces of Vanuatu are in Port-Vila this week to scale up public health surveillance with the Pacific Data for Decision-Making (DDM) training programme.
The week-long training is jointly organised by Vanuatu Ministry of Health and the Pacific Community (SPC) as part of the recovery activities in response to Cyclone Pam project funded by the German Development Bank (KfW).
Port Vila, 22 June 2016
A reflection on what worked well and what could be improved upon in the Government of Vanuatu’s response to tropical cyclone Pam has been released today.
The Vanuatu Lessons Learned Report is a collation of recommendations and reflections from a range of local and international representatives to improve disaster response in the region as a result of the lessons from Cyclone Pam. These recommendations were made during a workshop help in Port Vila in June 2015.
Vanuatu’s ability to respond more effectively to disasters has been bolstered today with the handing over of three emergency boats, two vehicles and a flatbed truck.
The timely gesture to support response and relief following disasters, like Cyclone Pam, has been made possible through the European Union’s EUR 19.37 million Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific Project (BSRP), implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC).
The Vanuatu Animal Disease Emergency Response Plan has been refined and updated to improve the communication and dissemination of information during emergencies.
This follows the conclusion of a workshop late last month involving participants from the Vanuatu Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Forestry and Biosecurity (MALFFB) at the Vanuatu Agriculture College in Santo.
The workshop was facilitated by the Pacific Community (SPC) in partnership with MALFFB and the Vanuatu Agriculture College.
A national debriefing workshop to identify lessons learned following Tropical Cyclone Pam (TC Pam) was facilitated by the Vanuatu National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) with support from the Pacific Community (SPC) and the European Union (EU). Technical support was also provided by SPC through the Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific (BSRP) project and in close cooperation with sector partners.
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has today presented the Vanuatu Fisheries Department with construction materials worth US$21,000 (Vatu 2.2 million) for fish aggregating devices (FADs) to assist with recovery efforts in the wake of devastating tropical cyclone Pam.
The FADs are anchored buoy systems that are placed in the ocean that attract fish, making it easier for coastal small-scale fishers to catch fish, to support community livelihoods and food security.
Port Vila, Vanuatu – Improving the quality and coordination of emergency shelter was the focus of a five day training course held in Vanuatu earlier this month (7-11 September) for government and civil society members of the Vanuatu Shelter Cluster and Evacuation Centre Working Group along with representatives from counterparts in Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tonga .
The Vanuatu Rural Development Training Centre Association is on track to roll-out accredited technical vocational education training courses on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.
The first training of trainers on a national scale is about to take place on 17 September.
A specialised team from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has successfully completed its contribution to the Cyclone Pam damage assessment in Vanuatu, using unmanned aerial vehicles or drones.
The technical assessment team was deployed to assist with the Vanuatu Government’s damage assessment in April, tasked with determining damage to infrastructure and buildings, coastal inundation and three-dimensional shoreline change.
23 June, Port Vila
One hundred days since tropical cyclone Pam swept through the Pacific, the Government of Vanuatu is reviewing its disaster response arrangements.
A Lessons Learnt Workshop, hosted by the National Disaster Management Office, will take place in Port Vila on 24 to 25 June to inform the development and implementation of improved procedures for disaster management in Vanuatu.
Port Vila, Vanuatu - Vanuatu broadcasters and media came together with the National Disaster Management Office, and the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazard Department to plan and prepare their Climate and Disaster Resilience Plans this week.
Funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through ABC International and PACMAS, the Pacific Media Assistance Scheme, this training seeks to assist Pacific broadcasters in eight countries in preparing plans that will help them be more resilient to the effects of climate change and disasters.
A ceremony was held at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) headquarters in Noumea today to hand over funds raised by its staff social club to the Red Cross Tropical Cyclone Pam appeal.
SPC staff have rallied behind their Ni-Vanuatu colleagues and the tens of thousands of people who must rebuild their lives in the wake of cyclone Pam by donating more than one million New Caledonian francs (CFP 1,170,000), as well as bags of clothing, linen, food and other essential daily items.
Three public health experts from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) will head to Port Vila and Pentecost Island this weekend to support Vanuatu’s Ministry of Health with the surveillance, diagnosis and response to diseases with epidemic potential and other public health emergencies.
SPC will initially deploy two epidemiologists and one laboratory specialist, following a request from the Vanuatu Government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) for assistance over the next two months.