Tag Archives: South Pacific

Violence against children is not inevitable, it can be prevented

The President of Fiji, His Excellency Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and the Special Representative to the United Nations Secretary General on Violence against Children, Ms. Marta Santos Pais, sent a strong and unified message at the start of a three-day conference on ending violence against children today, saying “Violence against children is not inevitable, it can be prevented.” Senior government officials, child protection experts and donors from 15 Pacific Island countries have come together with international experts to develop country plans, review and share good practices and ensure data and information on child protection is available, shared and acted upon when they return to their countries. Continue reading

Vanuatu: one month on, thousands remain in need of water, food and shelter

17074723835_17a3f1cc6c_zAlmost one month after Cyclone Pam came through the archipelago of Vanuatu, the Government-­‐led response is in urgent need of funding to continue basic humanitarian relief efforts such as food, safe drinking water and shelter. The cyclone destroyed more than 90 per cent of crops, leaving a population that relies heavily on subsistence agriculture without Continue reading

Dengue Outbreak in the South Pacific

Dengue virus serotype 3 has recently re-emerged in several countries and territories in the South Pacific after nearly 20 years. The number of cases is expected to continue to increase in the coming months in many places including Fiji, French Polynesia and Kiribati, while a large outbreak in Solomon Islands is winding down. Continue reading