Samoa Measles Emergency Appeal

Women are among those who are disproportionately affected by the measles crisis. As main care-givers, their burden of unpaid care work has increased. Pregnant mothers are also refraining from attending work. This may result in a loss of income, which will have a long-term repercussion to their recovery process. Pregnant and nursing women may experience severe stress from the outbreak that can affect their pregnancy, their own health and their infant’s health. 

100$ will help reach 45 women and children with life-saving critical information about measles and support. Your donation will go towards supporting mobile teams to reach more women, more children and more communities.

 


 

The Samoan government declared a state of emergency due to measles outbreak on November 15, and the situation is worsening despite the effort of a mass vaccination campaign. 42 deaths and 3,149 cases are reported to date (as of November 29). 


The Samoa Ministry of Women, Community and Social development is supporting the health sector to raise awareness and provide information about measles vaccination. Their initiatives include deploying multi-sector outreach teams to villages and conducting information campaigns, using their existing networks at the community level. UN Women is supporting the Ministry’s community mobilization initiatives as a part of One UN Response.

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