This week fifteen health workers from Tuvalu began the first of five modules for the Postgraduate Certificate in Field Epidemiology (PGCFE), a capacity development programme delivered by the Pacific Community (SPC) together with partners from the Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network (PPHSN), including the World Health Organization and Hunter New England Local Health District in Australia.
The highlights below are based on the information from the central, northern and southern islands for the period 27-31 March 2015. The report includes new information from the agriculture and health teams that visited the northern and southern islands and public works team in Nui.
• A total of 39 homes were totally destroyed (12 in Nui Island, 15 in Nanumea, and 12 in Nanumanga).
• The Nanumanga clinic suffered severe infrastructure damage.
• The clinic in Niutao Island was partially damaged.
Securing health from disastrous impacts of cyclone Pam in Tuvalu
Cyclone Pam, which had its centre of force and most disastrous impact in Vanuatu also ran through the islands of Tuvalu on 13 March 2015. The force of the winds appeared to have reduced slightly when it hit Tuvalu but much of the damage was caused by a combination of forceful winds and seawater infiltration of the inlands.
It's been several weeks since Cyclone Pam lashed Tuvalu, coinciding with seasonal king tides but only now is the scale of the destruction it caused becoming clear.
• The Government and humanitarian partners continue to deliver food, shelter, fuel, clothes, water treatment tablets, medical supplies, and other relief items to the affected islands.
• Rapid assessments have been carried out on the three northern islands (Nanumanga, Niutao,
Nanumea) and the three central islands (Nui,
• Nui suffered the worst damage of the three central islands, with significant damage to crops and livestock.
The highlights below are based on the current information from the Central islands (Nui, Nukufetau, Vaitupu and Funafuti). Assessment of the northern island group is continuing.
Ongoing adverse weather and unreliable communication with the outer islands has hampered information gathering and relief efforts.
There are ongoing issues with power and internet across affected islands and inter-island communication remains a challenge.
There are 90 known families displaced.
SUVA, 18 March 2015 – UNICEF is dispatching emergency life-saving supplies to communities in cyclone-affected Tuvalu. The archipelago nation comprised of nine islands with a population of about 11,000 people has declared a state of emergency, following tidal surges caused by Tropical Cyclone Pam.
The entire population on one of Tuvalu's islands has been evacuated due to flooding caused by Tropical Cyclone Pam.
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The World Health Organisation says Tuvalu is now experiencing a dengue outbreak with 69 of 176 cases testing positive and response measures such as cleaning, spraying and public awareness under way.
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The Tuvalu National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) is based upon existing environmental information, reports and expert judgments, understanding gathered from community consultations and climate change awareness raising with each Island Falekaupule, and the national NAPA prioritization workshop on Funafuti.
Updated November 21, 2011 09:18:24
Women and children in Tuvalu are already suffering from the effects of Climate change.
A conference in Fiji has been told Tuvaluan children living in flood prone areas on the island have often been admitted to hospital for diarrhoea, skin and eye infections after flood occurrences.
The Tuvalu National Council Of Women coordinator, Pulafagu Toafa told the the International Council of Women 5th Asia Pacific Regional Conference in Nadi that the government was too busy travelling to do anything for the affected areas.
Australia is providing more water to the people of Tuvalu following a severe drought on the Pacific island.
Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs Richard Marles announced that Australia and New Zealand today delivered a shipment of 450,000 litres of water to Tuvalu's main island of Funafuti.
'This much-needed water will fill government storage facilities and enable households to access more water in Tuvalu,' Mr Marles said.
Updated October 7, 2011 17:57:10
The United Nations Children's Fund is warning more than 5000 people are at risk as Tuvalu's water crises worsens.
A state of emergency was declared last week when it was revealed Tuvalu's water storages are at critical lows.
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Updated October 7, 2011 17:57:10 Tuvalu's Health Ministry is dismisissing eports of increased illness associated with water shortages.
Eralier Pacific Beat heard from Olioliga Iosua, Tuvalu's Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Utilities.
She said there had been a spike in health problems such as diarrhoea and vomiting due to poor drinking water.
But the Health Ministry says no such illnesses are being reported.
Presenter: Alma Mistry
Speaker: Dr Stephen Homasi, Director of Health at the Ministry of Health
Thirty new cases of water born disease have been confirmed in Tuvalu as the country's water crisis deepens.
Authorities have confirmed that the outbreak is due to the current drought and poor quality drinking water.
A state of emergency was declared in Tuvalu last week after it emerged water storage's will be empty in a matter of days.
Presenter: Kate McPherson
Speaker: Olioliga Iosua, Permanent Secretary in Tuvalu's Ministry of Public Utilities
Tuvalu's Red Cross has gone into action to supply water to people in the capital, Funafuti and outer islands including Nukulaelae.
An emergency was declared in Funafuti last week as the water supply dwindled to dangerous levels as a result of drought caused by the La Nina weather pattern.
Presenter: Kate McPherson
Speaker: David Hebblethwaite, Water Management Adviser at SOPAC
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Pacific correspondent Campbell Cooney
The Pacific island nation of Tuvalu has declared a state of emergency because of a water shortage.
With drought conditions and the breakdown of existing desalination plants, a state of emergency has been declared in the capital and also other outlying islands.
The water management adviser with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, David Hebblethwaite, says if no reliable supply can be put in place, the shortage could start affecting the health of Tuvalu's 10,000 residents.