Samoa, Fiji - Measles outbreak and response (DG ECHO, governments) (ECHO Daily Flash of 11 December 2019)

  • The Government of Samoa has confirmed 4,898 cases of measles and 71 related deaths.
    Approximately 91% of all eligible people in Samoa have been vaccinated against measles.
  • The EU's Civil Protection Mechanism was activated at the request of the World health Organisation (WHO) on 26 November for 2 emergency medical teams. France and Norway offered 2 emergency medical teams in response. The French team left Samoa on 8 December but the Norwegian team is still providing support to hospitals in Apia.
  • 19 measles cases have been reported in Fiji. UNICEF and the Australian and New Zealand Governments are providing vaccines through the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and the WHO continues to provide technical support. An additional 400,000 vaccine doses will be distributed to the remaining health divisions this week. As with the campaign in Central Division, the national campaign will target those most at risk of catching and spreading the disease.