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17 Apr 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

SUVA, 16 April 2018 - Today, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) signed a NZ$7 million agreement to support the prevention and reduction of newborn mortality in Kiribati, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

04 Feb 2018 description

Tarawa, Kiribati: 2 February, 2018 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are working with the Government of Kiribati to support children, families and communities affected by the recent Butiraoi ferry disaster.

Government reports state that 88 Kiribati passengers were on the ferry, including 23 children.

06 Dec 2017 description

The Government of Kiribati has welcomed the Commonwealth’s support as it works to strengthen its health system.

At a meeting of the Commonwealth Advisory Committee on Health (CACH), the Minister of Health and Medical Services cited the positive difference financial and technical assistance had made.

The Committee, made up of senior government officials from Ministries of Health, regional bodies and civil society from across the Commonwealth, was meeting for the first time in its history in the Pacific.

31 Dec 2015 description

1. General Information

Country Background

Kiribati officially the Republic of Kiribati, is an island nation in the Central Pacific ocean. The nation comprises 33 atolls and reef islands and one raised coral island, Banaba. They have a total land area of 811 square kilometers and are dispersed over 3.5 million square kilometers.
Their spread straddles the equator and the International Date Line (Figure 1).

05 Aug 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

SUVA, 5 August 2015 – Kiribati children will be better protected from a potentially killer virus when the small island nation becomes one of the first countries in the Pacific to introduce the rotavirus vaccine.

The Kiribati Ministry of Health and Medical Services announced the introduction of the rotavirus vaccine in its routine immunisation schedule today as part of a comprehensive child survival package.

27 Apr 2015 description

Kiribati's Director of Public Health Tioboa Timeon has declared an outbreak of Chikungunya virus in most of the country's outer islands.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

25 Mar 2015 description

The Kiribati government says a boat carrying aid supplies for outer islands worst affected by Cyclone Pam found there was much more damage than initially reported.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

09 Mar 2015 description

7:50 pm GMT+12, 08/03/2015, Kiribati

Kiribati’s Ministry of Health and Medical Services says more than 12,000 people on South Tarawa and Betio were infected with the two mosquito-borne diseases, Chikungunya virus and dengue fever since its outbreak.

However, the ministry’s director of public health, Dr Tioboa Timeon says the number of people affected has now declined. This was due to the extension of hospital hours from 8am to 10pm daily to cater for the increasing number of cases.

Dr Timeon said clinics will return to normal opening times from this week.

27 Feb 2015 description

The Kiribati national disaster management office says it is working to repair one of the country's hospitals badly damaged by spring tides.

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20 Feb 2015 description

Kiribati's Ministry of Health has confirmed over 3, 000 people have chikungunya.

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10 Feb 2015 description


ILI cases are still on going. Acute Fever & rash are also included in the line listing.

  • ILI type A has been found by the Laboratory department

  • Contact Tracing had been done by EH department: 7 AFR cases; 5 cases referred to Laboratory and 1 Positive case of Chikungunya 24 male from Taborio was found.

25 Sep 2014 description

Kiribati's Ministry of Health says rotavirus is responsible for the deaths of two children and around 500 cases of diarrhoea and vomiting.

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14 Feb 2014 description

The head of Public Health in Kiribati says he believes the dengue outbreak in Kiribati has finished for now despite some people still presenting with fever.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

26 Jul 2013 description
report Pacific Community

Wednesday 24 July 2013, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Noumea, New Caledonia

The pathogen causing the diarrhoea outbreak currently affecting Kiribati has been identified by Mataika House Laboratory in Fiji yesterday. It is a rotavirus.

22 Jul 2013 description

Health authorities on the island of Tarawa in Kiribati say a diarrhea outbreak that killed six children is now under control.

Health authorities on the island of Tarawa in Kiribati will continue to monitor a diarrhoea outbreak that has killed six children, but say it is largely under control.

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services says it has identified 500 cases of diarrhoea and 93 per cent are children under the age of five.

05 Jun 2012 description

Many people in developing countries depend on the natural environment for their income, food and water, making them vulnerable to climate change impacts such as increases in severity in droughts, floods and other climate-related natural disasters. This has the potential to undermine and even reverse hard-won development progress.