COVID-19 test kits and a machine to test for the virus, arrived today into Samoa and were handed over to the Scientific Research Organization of Samoa (SROS) to support the Government of Samoa in its response to the global pandemic.
About 450 persons with disabilities and their families living in Savaii have received much-needed essential supplies as part of UNDP’s COVID-19 assistance to the Nuanua o le Alofa Incorporated organisation (NOLA).
Wearing green and getting dirt under their fingernails may not be the usual order of business on a Friday afternoon, but that’s exactly what UN and MNRE Forestry Division staff did today for World Environment Day, when they came together to plant over 600 trees.
This is the dawning of a new era for Samoa and the Pacific. Although there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in any of the four countries and territories our office is supporting, the restrictions on international travel and public transport, including the suspension of inter-island ferries, have triggered changes in social dynamics, suspended business operations and caused loss of employment, particularly in the tourism industry and in micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).
An incinerator may not be a big deal in general. But when you’re a tiny, remote and vulnerable atoll all on your own out in the vast Pacific Ocean with a growing waste problem, an incinerator can actually make a world of difference.
Noting the rising visibility of women in leadership roles across different sectors, the Society of Private Nurses and Midwives (SPNM), in partnership with the Women in Leadership in Samoa (WILS) Project, are collaborating to conduct a series of trainings on “Transformational Leadership”. This specifically targets nurses and midwives from the private and public sector in both Upolu and Savaii. The trainings are part of the SPNM’s planned professional development activities throughout this year to acknowledge and celebrate the ‘2020 International Year of the Nurse and Midwife’ in Samoa.

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Population

17.1

Basic Needs Poverty

5.4%

Infant Mortality rate

96.5%

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