MEDIA RELEASE : Sixteen children have now died in the Samoa measles epidemic with the latest death a 7-month-old child from Savai’i.
While help from New Zealand and Australia with vaccinations have arrived, what is not accounted for is the traumatic and social impact that the measles situation is having and will continue to have on families, and those on the frontline.
The crisis of the psyche and heart also deserves attention and support.
The MEASLES SAMOA FUND APPEAL was officially launched yesterday to support these parents like Tuivale Puelua and Fa’aoso Matavale of Laulii who have lost three children to measles, two-year-old son and their one-year-old twins, sister Tamara and brother Sale. This is so heart breaking.
The MEASLES SAMOA FUND APPEAL is free giving from the heart to the people directly affected with the loss of a child due to the measles outbreak in Samoa. It is administered by a NZ senior health professional and ASA Foundation.
You can make a donation to the:
MEASLES SAMOA FUND APPEAL
Account No: 06-0082-0929955-00
Bank: ANZ Bank
Or GoFund page MEASLES SAMOA FUND APPEAL.
Christmas this year will not be a sad one for these families... we want to reach out to them with your help.
Yesterday Tuala Tagaloa Tusani of MSFA visited the home of Tuivale and Fa’aoso, their two surviving children and the grandparents with an envelope. More help is being organised as we journey with this family in the difficult months ahead.
The Government of Samoa on the 15th of November, 2019 declared a Proclamation of State of Emergency for the measles epidemic. Samoa has closed all of its schools, banned children from public gatherings and mandated that everybody get vaccinated.
If you want to help and for more information contact Teleiai Edwin Puni on (+6421) 618-042 or email: email@example.com