The outbreak has infected 4,357 people, mostly children, since the
beginning of October.
At least 63 people have died from measles-related complications, including
55 children under the age of five.
As many as one in every 20 children with measles
gets pneumonia, the biggest infectious killer of young children globally and
the most common cause of death from measles.
Dr Louisa Baxter, who is leading Save the Children’s medical team
deployed to the response, said:
“The situation in Samoa is very serious. There are many
critically unwell children in hospital and more are being admitted every day.
Routine services such as care to pregnant women have been interrupted leaving
them without the support they need at a crucial time.
“Save the Children’s team of clinical staff will work in the
main hospital in Samoa to support the healthcare of women and
small children. We are supporting Samoan Ministry of Health staff who have
been fighting this outbreak tirelessly for months and other emergency medical
teams from across the world who are responding.
"We are extremely concerned because of the potentially lethal
implications measles has for young children in particular.”
Save the Children’s response team is part of the organisation’s
Emergency Health Unit and will be deployed to Samoa, where they will carry
out a needs assessment and offer support to the Ministry of Health.
Our team offer pre- and post-natal care for women experiencing
complications related to measles.
For more information or interviews with spokespeople, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0)20
7012 6841 / +44 (0)7831 650409 (out of hours)
 Samoa’s Ministry of Health, December 2019
 World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/vaccine_safety/initiative/detection/immunization_misconceptions/en/index2.html