“Today will be different, I just know it.” These were the words *Rita fervently prayed as she prepared to leave the Campus of Hope that had become her sanctuary for about three months, and return home to her children and husband of 13 years. As a constant victim of physical, verbal and emotional abuse in her marriage over the years, Rita, a 51-year-old mother of nine, had sought refuge at the Campus of Hope, a shelter for women and children experiencing domestic violence, as a last resort.
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).
The Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) have partnered with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to bolster Samoa’s COVID-19 response.
Malaeolemā Alipia, 64, quickly chopped up freshly picked cucumbers from her garden and stirred them into a pot of tinned fish that was simmering on the open fire.
Tokelau – It’s geographic isolation is perhaps one of the key reasons why it is still COVID-free, but Tokelau’s remoteness also poses a critical challenge in trying to enhance its systems and capacities to prepare and respond to the pandemic.
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.
Tapora Kai Enua is the traditional Cook Islands practice of villagers bringing their crops together to be distributed and shared with everyone in the village.

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