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Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu as an extremely destructive category 5 cyclone on the evening of 13 March 2015, causing serious damage to infrastructure and leaving debris strewn across the capital. At the end of March, the storm had affected around 166,000 people on 22 islands who are in need of some form of humanitarian assistance. Approximately 15,000 homes have been reported to be destroyed or damaged throughout the provinces of Penama, Malampa, Shefa and Tafea, and 75,000 are in need of emergency shelter.
A number of New Zealand NGOs are responding in Vanuatu - here are brief details of their appeals.
Visit their websites for more information on how you can support their ongoing work.
ADRA - The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) continues to support the response to Tropical Cyclone Pam by providing local communities in need with safety, food parcesls, and access to water.
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand - Caritas staff members Mark Mitchell is working with the Diocesan Disaster Committee (DDC) to help coordinate humanitarian relief efforts. More than 1500 Caritas tarpaulins have arrived and are being distributed to provide shelter for those displaced.
cbm - cbm has launched a general appeal to support disaster affected communities, particularly those people with disabilities and their families.
ChildFund - ChildFund are raising funds to rebuild school water tanks and santiation facilities as well as provide water purification tablets and hygiene and health messages to affected communities.
CWS - CWS is working to provide: food, water, sanitation, hygiene kits, non-food items and water tanks, solar power, seeds, farm tools, medical care, health education, literacy and further disaster preparedness measures as well as rebuilding schools and health clinics. The programme will assist people on the Shepherd Islands, Tanna, Erromango, Pentecost, Ambae, Santo, Sanma, Penama, Efate, Epi, Paama, Sola.
Habitat for Humanity - Habitat for Humanity is sending staff to Vanuatu to assess the situation. Based on funding availability, the longer-term response will follow Habitat’s model of assisting affected communities with housing solutions ranging from emergency shelter interventions to permanent home reconstruction.
Oxfam - In the emergency phase, Oxfam are providing affected communities with clean water, hygiene kits and shelter material. In the longer term, Oxfam will have support communities to restore their livelihoods.
Rotary - Rotary NZ World Community Service (RNZWCS) now has 1,000 Emergency Response Kits either in Vanuatu or en route. 600 left on HMNZS Canterbury. Rotary are raising money to replace the stock sent to Vanuatu and planning to provide safe drinking water for 75 communities. In addition, Rotary are planning to reestablish home vegetable gardens for the most vulable families.
Save the Children - Save the Children are raising funds to distribute equipment to provide clean water to communities, emergency shelter kits for home repairs, hygiene equipment to keep communities clean, safe and healthy essential household items including blankets and mattresses.
TEAR Fund - TEAR Fund is responding on the main Island of Efate, and on the Island of Tanna and are partnership with other local agencies to provide emergency assistance. TEAR Fund will focus on providing agricultural support, seeds and tools to feed families and help get the local economy up and running again.
UNICEF - UNICEF aims to provide children and their families access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene, life savings health interventions, and education and protection.
World Animal Protection - World Animal Protection teams are working to ensure that farmers' livestock and families and their pets are taken care of by providing life-saving veterinary treatment, urgent medical supplies and emergency feed.
World Vision - World Vision has 80 staff working in six provinces across Vanuatu. World Vision is providing water, food, blankets, tarpaulins, and shelter, hygiene, kitchen and baby kits to affected families. They also plan to provide livelihood recovery, school rehabilitation and rebuilding disaster resilience structures.
For the latest situation reports on Vanuatu, visit Reliefweb
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New Zealand nurse, Sharon Mackie, dresses local staff in personal protective equipment (PPE) in the new IFRC Ebola treatment centre outside of Kenema, Sierra Leone, September 2014. Photo credit: New Zealand Red Cross
NDRF members are working with partners to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The following NDRF members have launched public appeals to support their response efforts:
Childfund - Childfund New Zealand have lanuched an appeal to assist the 3,000 children orphaned by the Ebola virus. ChildFund Liberia, in collaboration with Liberia’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, has opened the first dedicated children’s Interim Care Centre in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, for children who have lost one or both parents to Ebola. Additional centres in other areas will be established to support the increasing number of children affected.
Christian World Services New Zealand- CWS New Zealand, working as a part of the ACT Alliance in Liberia and Sierra Leone, is focusing on educating local communities through the church and mosque leaders on the correct prevention measures and caring for those ostracised because of infection. As a part of the relief effort, the Act Alliance is also distributing food in areas of need, and chlorine solution, as well as providing hospital care to those infected by Ebola.
Oxfam New Zealand - Oxfam New Zealand is working in six districtsin Sierra Leone, and six urban areas in Liberia and are also launching prevention programs in Senegal, Gambia and Guinea Bissau. Oxfam emergency response teams are helping people get urgent treatment, providing water for treatment and isolation centres, and supplying protective equipment and hygiene kits. Oxfam are helping communities to protect themselves from the epidemic through radio, print, and door-to-door messengers.
UNICEF New Zealand - UNICEF New Zealand has launched an appeal to reach 5.5 million people with health messages, provide care and support for children and their families hit by Ebola, provide protective equipment and medical supplies for hospitals and health workers. Contrbiutions can be made through their website.
Rotary New Zealand World Community Service - Rotary New Zealand are raising funds to construct an isolation and quarantine ward for Bo Hospital in Sierra Leone. Rotary NZ and Rotary Australia are collaborating on this project and are seeking NZ $45,000 to build the wards. Visit the website for details of how to donate.
Save the Children New Zealand - Save the Children New Zealand are supporting partners in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea in Ebola response such as building Ebola Treatment Units and training health care workers and in Mali and Cote d'Ivoire scaling up preparedness and prevention activities.
TEAR Fund - TEAR Fund together with our partners in Liberia (one of the worst-affected countries) we are working tirelessly to provide the most effective aid to those affected. We are supporting medical staff and healthcare workers active on the ground, providing hygiene kits and teaching vulnerable communities methods of avoiding contracting this disease.
An important message from the NZ Ministry of Health (26 November 2014):
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest to date in terms of cases and geographic spread – with the death toll recently exceeding 5,000. It has been declared a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization. The Director-General of the WHO has described the current outbreak as the “largest, most complex and most severe (Ebola outbreak) we’ve ever seen” and spoken of the need for a coordinated and scaled-up global response to help the affected countries stop ongoing transmission. New Zealanders have already been involved in the international response via NGOs, and others have been in contact with the Ministry of Health asking how they can be part of a New Zealand response.
The Ministry of Health acknowledges the valuable contribution being made by volunteers who are willing to give of their time and expertise. It is important that anyone intending to travel to West Africa to assist with the global response is aware of the potential risks, and the steps in place to manage them, such as the protocol which has been developed for those returning to New Zealand. Aid organisations intending to deploy individuals to assist in the Ebola response - who will then return to New Zealand on completion of their deployment – are encouraged to discuss their plans with the Ministry of Health. The Ministry will assist in planning and coordination of the individual’s arrival back into New Zealand. This will include a 21 day monitoring period from the date they leave the Ebolaaffected country, with daily contact from their local public health unit.
A large amount of information is available on the Ministry of Health website, which is updated regularly.
- Current Ebola-affected countries - http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-andconditions/ebola-updates/current-ebola-affected-countries
- New Zealand’s support for the global response - http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseasesand-conditions/ebola-updates/new-zealand-support-response-ebola-outbreak-west-africa
- The protocol for people assisting in Ebola-affected countries - http://www.health.govt.nz/ourwork/diseases-and-conditions/ebola-updates/protocol-individuals-entering-new-zealand-afterassisting-ebola-response-affected-countries
For further information please contact the Ministry via: firstname.lastname@example.org