Samoan family mourns deaths of 2 children from suspected measles
Quoting Radio New Zealand – 11 November 2019
“The Samoan family of a two-year-old boy, who died of suspected measles a week ago, is now also mourning the death of his one-year-old sister, who is also thought to have died from the virus.
“The number of total suspected measles cases in Samoa with the current outbreak is 513, with results still pending from an Australian laboratory regarding the recent deaths of two infants and an adult male, who showed clinical signs of the disease.
“Vaccination and quarantining as well as infection control measures at the hospital are all being coordinated by the ministry which is working closely with the World Health Organisation, UNICEF, the New Zealand government and an Australian medical laboratory to contain the epidemic.
“A measles epidemic was declared in Samoa last month.”
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Measles outbreak: 6 quarantined in Fiij
Quoting Radio New Zealand – 11 November 2019
“Six people in Fiji have been quarantined in their homes as authorities contend with the Pacific's latest measles outbreak.
“The families in the Serua/Namosi subdivision, near Suva, have been isolated since the outbreak was confirmed four days ago, the Fiji Times reports.
“One of them, Nancy Patricia, told the newspaper that she had been placed on medication and told not to leave her house since she was discharged from hospital.
“Authorities are conducting a vaccination drive in the surrounding area, and are urging any travellers to get immunised before they leave the country.
The government said there had been no new cases since three instances of measles were confirmed last week.”
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9 November 2019
Bringing music education to youths in the Solomon Islands.
I have written several time about how I envisage music education is beneficial to young people in the Solomon Islands and I really would like to see the formation of a National Youth Orchestra.
Concentration on the Piano Association of Solomon Islands, the Honiara based music organization that works through volunteers, I would hope the talented musicians that are members of PASI will encourage other youths to join PASI and ultimately create the first, ever, National Youth Orchestra.
Music education gives the PASI members transferable skills, such as team work, perseverance, listening dedication, mathematical and counting ability, motor control and dexterity and social interactive skills.
Music education aids further education and participating in music enhances feelings of self-achievement, builds self-confidence and raises self-determination to make more efforts to meet group expectations regarding standards of playing.
It is for all these reasons that I am pleased to know the Dionysus Ensemble in Residence with the Commonweath proposes to travel to Honiara in January 2020 to begin a series of music education lessons to the members of PASI and, possibly, arrange for some music concerts.
Sogavare Praises Waka Mere Initiative
Quoting the Solomon Times on Line – 11 November 2019
“The Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Hon. Manasseh Sogavare believes the national Government can learn from the Waka Mere model in improving gender equality in leadership roles in the country’s public service.
“Hon Sogavare was guest speaker at a business breakfast event to celebrate the successful completion and launch of the Waka Mere Commitment to Action report which shows 6,585 employees from fifteen companies in the private sector are now benefiting from more equal, supportive and respectful workplaces.
“I am of the view that Government can also learn from Waka Mere companies.
“We (Government) are the single largest employer in Solomon Islands but we are still a long way from gender equity in many of our leadership positions. The Waka Mere model is something we will be looking to learn from the role model companies here today,” the Prime Minister said.
“Waka Mere was designed in close collaboration with Solomon Islands businesses. Its goal was to address social norms that prevent women and men from fully participating in the workforce, thereby reducing business productivity, profitability and reputation.”
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8 November 2019
Agreement with Green Climate Fund unlocks new opportunities for climate action in the Pacific
In Noumea yesterday, 7 November 2019, the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) signed an Agreement on Climate Change.
This significant breakthrough means that the 14 SPC members who are signatories of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be able to directly access up to USD 50 million in GCF funding for climate-related projects, in various areas such as food security, health, ecosystems management and renewable energy.
Note: Solomon Islands is one of signatories of the UNFCCC.
The SPC is currently developing ten projects, with the objective of presenting the first ones to the GCF board in 2020.
This agreement will help expand SPC’s current portfolio of climate mitigation, adaptation and resilience projects, through which SPC provides a wide range of services to its members. These include grant funding, technical assistance, scientific information, knowledge, technology, policy advice, capacity building and management support.
It comes at a critical time in the struggle against climate change in the Pacific. Countries from the region are amongst the most vulnerable in the world because of their high dependence on natural resources, limited diversification of their economies, and high exposure to severe weather and natural hazards.
The effects of climate change are already visible, requiring countries in the region to act as fast as possible in order to scale up their adaptation and resilience programmes while continuing to pursue their low-emission objectives.
“Thanks to this agreement, we will be able to channel more climate funding and more partnerships towards the Pacific, to ensure that sustained funding and attention is brought to the region, particularly to Pacific Island Countries (PICs), which face in climate change their most existential threat.” said Cameron Diver, SPC’s Deputy Director-General.
“It is a unique opportunity for the Green Climate Fund and SPC to work together, to respond to the needs that are expressed by PICs, and to equip them with the right tools to take action at national, regional and global levels.” he added.
GCF Deputy Executive Director Javier Manzanares said GCF is paying particular attention to supporting the resilience of Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to match their extreme vulnerability to climate impacts.
“Warming oceans, sea-level rise and more intense weather events like cyclones are already impacting the everyday lives of Pacific Island people,” said Mr. Manzanares. “GCF is ready and willing to increase its support for Pacific SIDS. Without major investments to improve their adaptation to climate change now, some of these island nations could become uninhabitable,” Mr. Manzanares added, citing a recent International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report focusing on the world’s oceans.
Source: Pacific Community (SPC)