Samoa measles epidemic takes toll on mental health

This picture released on December 5 by UNICEF Samoa shows nurse Fa'atafa Tavita (R) speaking with a family at the Apia Town Clinic in Samoa's capital city Apia. Picture: RNZ

Samoa’s measles epidemic has taken a severe toll on people’s mental health, says a team providing support to affected families. Since the outbreak was declared in October, 83 people have died, most of them children. The Samoa Umbrella for Non-Governmental Organisations, or SUNGO, recently travelled to the island of Savai’i, providing food, supplies and counselling. The group’s chief executive, […]

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