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13 Sep 2018 description

By Roger Muller, Marshall Islands Red Cross Society

Marshall Islands Red Cross volunteers are working with the government to conduct a mass tuberculosis and leprosy screening in the North Pacific nation where it is estimated that one in four people are positive with tuberculosis.

Globally, the Marshall Islands ranks in the top ten countries with tuberculosis occurrence and top three for leprosy. While both diseases are infectious, they are both curable and screening is the first step for treatment.

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.

17 Aug 2017 description

The Country Preparedness Package (CPP) is a joint initiative of the Governments of the Pacific Islands and the Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT). The CPP is intended to strengthen preparedness and collaboration between national and international actors in the event of a disaster.

27 Oct 2016 description

A Drop in the Bucket: Jerry cans bring safe water to Marshallese

Republic of the Marshall Islands—Martha is no stranger to disaster. In 2013, Martha and her family survived the RMI drought. In 2014, Martha’s outer island home on Bekarej, Arno burned down displacing Martha, her husband, and their children. A year and half later, Martha was faced with a familiar challenge- an El Niño induced drought that NOAA has reported to be “the strongest… in recorded history.”

19 May 2016 description

An epidemic of conjunctivitis, or pink eye, has hit the Marshall Islands, with 290 cases reported on Majuro Atoll last week.

Read the full article on the Radio New Zealand International

27 Apr 2016 description

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) have signed a $200,000 grant agreement to help the country tackle the effects of a severe drought.

The grant was signed at a ceremony in ADB’s headquarters in Manila involving ADB Pacific Department Director General Xianbin Yao and ADB Executive Director Gaudencio Hernandez (on behalf of the Government of the Marshall Islands). The grant is sourced from the Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund.

20 Apr 2016 description

Outbreak came to the attention of RMI Ministry of Health in late January, with report of a traveler who was ill in November after a 3 week stay in Majuro and later testing in Australia. 34 met case definition since expanded surveillance for Zika begun Jan 29. Two new possible cases in past 25 days and none in past week. Out of the 34 suspect cases:6 pregnant ladies, 1 pos PCR (index case), 1 neg PCR but positive Igm. 2 delivered (babies did not meet the microencephaly criteria). And 2 pregnant mothers are still waiting for Igm testing.

18 Apr 2016 description



  • RMI Drought Immediate and Near Response Plan endorsed by Cabinet on 3rd March 2016.

  • Her Excellency President Dr. Hilda Heine has extended the RMI State of Drought Disaster on 6th April 2016

  • Response efforts coordinated through the National Emergency Operation Center.

Funding and Contributions

26 Feb 2016 description

The Australian Government is taking a leading role in assisting countries throughout the Pacific region to respond to El Nino-related drought.

We will provide up to $500,000 in additional support to North Pacific countries, building on the $9 million Pacific drought assistance package announced last year.

14 Feb 2016 description

Complementing the Declaration on State of Emergency: Immediate Drought Response Plan Republic of the Marshall Islands

Executive Summary

23 Jun 2015 description

A resident in the Marshall Islands says every family he knows has had a member infected with the chikungunya virus.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

13 Apr 2015 description

A spike in the number of chikungunya cases in the Marshall Islands has prompted the Ministry of Health to issue repeated alerts on the radio about preventing the mosquito-borne illness.

Read the full article on the Radio New Zealand International

01 Jul 2014 description

Period covered by this Final Report: 21 June 2013 – 30 March 2014

Appeal target (current): CHF 409,154

Appeal coverage: 89 %

Appeal history:

  • A revised Emergency Appeal was launched on 20 December 2013, revising down the budget to CHF 409,154 to assist 1,529 beneficiaries in three drought-affected atolls/islands with a time extension of an additional three months (up to March 2014).

  • On 31 August 2013, the first operation update was issued.

02 Mar 2014 description

Key Accomplishments:

o The adoption of the Marshall Island Red Cross Act by parliament heralded the formation of a new Red Cross National Society.

o With the establishment of a sub-regional office in the northern Pacific, the regional office is now better placed to provide closer more tailored support to national societies in Palau, FSM and RMI.

o Completion of the Pacific Governance Enhancement Programme formative evaluation and endorsement from all Pacific members to continue the programme.

06 Jul 2013 description


  • The effects of severe drought conditions continue to affect nearly 6,400 people in RMI
  • On June 14, U.S. President Barack Obama declared a disaster for RMI, authorizing additional U.S. Government (USG) funding for relief and reconstruction activities
  • To date, the USG has provided nearly $1.3 million to respond to drought-related humanitarian needs in RMI
21 Jun 2013 description

This Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 803,347 in cash, in-kind, or services to support the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) to assist 3,409 beneficiaries across six atolls/islands of the 15 affected for a period of six months. A Final Report will be made available by March 2014 (three months after the end of the operation).

21 Jun 2013 description

(Suva:19 June 2013):

In response to the drought disaster in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, approved a rapid response grant of US$1 million yesterday. This grant, implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) will assist the Government in its response efforts as outlined in the Government’s $4.7 million Immediate- and Near-term Drought Response Plan.