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30 Jul 2018 description
report Government of Samoa

26-27 July, Leaders of Pacific SIDs including Samoa met in Suva, Fiji for the Second Climate Action Partnership Program, to review outcomes of the Climate Change Conference of the Parties in Bonn (COP23) 2017 to prepare for COP 24 in Poland 2018. Australia, New Zealand and the territories were also invited and contributed during informal sessions. Fiji holding the Presidency of the COP23 continues to hold regional dialogue to harness a common coordinated voice to regional priorities endorsed.

23 Jul 2018 description
report Government of Samoa

Ms Ferila Brown (Principal Sustainable Developments), Ms Josie Chan Ting (Senior DRR) and Mr Silipa Mulitalo (Scientific Officer) had represented the Ministry to the Disaster Risk Reduction Workshop held in Bohol, Philippines.

The purpose of the workshop is to enhance and improve community resilience; to promote the uses of science and technology in addressing climate change and DRR issues; enhance and improve disaster displacement; strengthen Disaster Risk Management (DRM) in the Pacific Region.

25 Jun 2018 description

Overview

The two-day workshop in Apia, Samoa brought together Samoa National Logistic Unit (SLU) partners, to provide an overview of Regional Pacific Logistic Cluster activities to date,and to start developing and reviewing Samoa’s national logistics coordination tools and mechanisms. Topics included:

09 Apr 2018 description
report Government of Samoa

Outbreak Overview

The situational analysis of the dengue fever outbreak in Samoa as shown in the graph below portrays a continual decrease in the number of cases over the past 10 weeks. The cumulative total as of March 18th is 3,255 with a national attack rate of 16.6 per 1,000 population.

05 Mar 2018 description
report Government of Samoa

Outbreak Overview

The epi-curve of DENV-2 outbreak in Samoa shows a gradual decline in the number of cases per week. However, the numbers are still high with an accumulative total of 3,001 cases recorded from both clinical diagnosis and laboratory results. The national attack rate per 1,000 population is 15.3 with 1.5% of Samoa’s population affected.

11 Feb 2018 description
report Government of Samoa

(PRESS SECRETARIAT); The National Disaster Committee, chaired by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, met today to discuss the status and effects of damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Gita - a Category 1 Cyclone currently affecting Samoa.

Reports submitted to the National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) have detailed that the extent of damages caused by TC Gita are from flooding and strong winds.

09 Feb 2018 description
report Government of Samoa

“TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING CATEGORY 1 (39-54mph) WILL BE EFFECTIVE FOR SAMOA WITHIN THE NEXT 12-24HRS.”

“WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR ALL OF SAMOA”

“HEAVY RAIN WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR SAMOA; FLOODING AND LANDSLIDE IS POSSIBLE FOR VULNERABLE AREAS.”

“FLOOD ADVISORY WILL BE EFFECTIVE FOR LOW-LYING COASTAL AREAS DUE TO HIGH SURF FROM SATURDAY MORNING.”

“ADVISORY FOR SMALL CRAFT AND ALIA FISHING BOATS REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR ALL SAMOA OPEN WATERS DUE TO STRONG AND GUSTY WITH HIGH COMBINED WAVES AND SWELLS.”

13 Dec 2017 description
report Government of Samoa

Outbreak overview

Samoa has confirmed a Dengue fever serotype2 outbreak that was detected in the month of October 2017. A bunch of blood samples were confirmed at the ESR Lab in New Zealand. From what we have, a cumulative total of 1,522 clinical and confirmed cases with 339 hospital admissions were recorded as of December 3rd. There have been 4 dengue related deaths recorded.

31 Oct 2017 description

October 31st 2017, Apia – As officials gather in Bonn for the annual COP climate talks, the Government of Samoa and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today officially launched a multi-million dollar project (dubbed “IMPRESS” - “Improving the Performance and Reliability of Renewable Energy Power System in Samoa”) to enhance sustainable and cost-effective energy production in the Small Island Developing State.

25 Oct 2017 description
report Government of Samoa

Outlook for Samoa

This season 2017-2018, the Samoa Meteorology Division predicts a below normal risk of 1-2 cyclones that can pass within 400km radius of Samoa based on historical tropical cyclone data, with at least 1 tropical cyclone to reach Category 3 (wind speed of at least 178km/h or 111 mph) or greater (Cat.4 – Cat.5).

29 Dec 2016 description
report Government of Samoa

By Nanai Laveitiga Tuiletufuga

A complete opposite to his predecessor, Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull outlined a new additional support package from his government to manage climate change and improve resilience in the Pacific.

26 May 2016 description
report Government of Samoa

OUTBREAK OVERVIEW:

The DENV-3 outbreak in Samoa has shown continuing activity from 2015. Increasing activity was seen again from January 2016 with a fluctuating pattern but no steep increase as seen earlier, between June-August 2015.

So far the cumulative reported total is 1,188 cases with a national attack rate of 6.3 per 1,000 population.

25 Apr 2016 description
report Government of Samoa

PRESS RELEASE

25 APRIL 2016

Samoa was hit by Tropical Cyclone Amos on Saturday 23rd April 2016.

The Government’s response and recovery efforts is outlined in this media release and is based on information collected from multiple government agencies – namely the Disaster Advisory Committee’s reports to the National Disaster Council.

04 Mar 2016 description
report Government of Samoa

Outbreak Description:

The DENV-3 outbreak in Samoa has shown a rise in numbers since epiweek 2, in January 2016 as seen in the DENV Epicurve.
The case definition for this outbreak is: an acute fever with any two of the following, a maculo-papular rash, joint or muscular pains, severe headaches, nausea and vomiting, pain behind the eyes, signs of bleeding and low white cell count. This takes into account the similar clinical picture for Dengue Like Illnesses (DLI) including other arbo-viral infections.

26 Feb 2016 description
report Government of Samoa

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has written to Fijian Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama to offer condolences and extend support to the Government and People of Fiji in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Winston.

The cyclone, which has caused extensive destruction and loss of life, has left Fiji reeling as recovery efforts continue.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa offered Samoa’s prayers and thoughts to its Pacific neighbour, and has pledged assistance of FJD$100,000.00 towards the relief and recovery efforts currently underway.

28 Nov 2015 description
report Government of Samoa

SPECIAL WEATHER BULLETIN NUMBER SIX (6) FOR SAMOA ISSUED BY SAMOA METEOROLOGICAL SERVICES AT 280300 UTC OR 5.00 P.M SATURDAY 28th NOVEMBER 2015

TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING CATEGORY 1 (TD03F) REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR ALL OF SAMOA

HEAVY RAIN WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR SAMOA.

COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR LOW-LYING COASTAL AREAS DUE TO HIGH SURF.

ADVISORY FOR SMALL CRAFTS AND ALIA FISHING BOATS REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR ALL OF SAMOA COASTAL WATERS DUE TO HIGH COMBINE WAVES AND SWELLS WITH STRONG AND GUSTY WINDS AT TIMES.

09 Mar 2015 description
report Government of Samoa

Over 33 weeks, we have seen a total of 4,524 cases (as of 8 March 2015). Attack rate of 24.1 per 1,000.

2.4% of Samoa’s population have been infected (only those that present to the hospitals).

The case numbers have continued to decline over the past 2 months.

CONTROL MEASURES

  • Multi-media awareness programs e.g. television ads and targeted mass text messaging are continuing, with emphasis on source reduction

  • Community mobilization on source reduction also continues

02 Feb 2015 description
report Government of Samoa

Over 27 weeks, we have seen a total of 4,431 cases (as of 25th January 2015). Attack rate of 23.6 per 1,000.

2.4% of Samoa’s population have been infected (only those that present to the hospitals).

The case numbers continue to decline each week.

CONTROL MEASURES

  • Multi-media awareness programs e.g. television ads and targeted mass text messaging are continuing, with emphasis on source reduction

  • Community mobilization on source reduction also continues

14 Jan 2015 description
report Government of Samoa

In week 1 of 2015, period ending 4th January 2015, the Pacific Syndromic Surveillance flagged the following syndromes:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia

  • Diarrhoea: Tokelau and Samoa

  • Influenza-like illness: American Samoa and Palau

  • Prolonged Fever: French Polynesia and Tonga