Posts Tagged ‘epidemics’

Measles epidemic in Samoa – Caritas provides helping hands

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

In Samoa, fifty-three people are now dead, after having contracted measles. More than 3000 people have now been infected with the disease and doctors say the death toll is likely to rise. George Fa’alogo, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand’s (CANZ) humanitarian coordinator, is in close contact with Caritas Samoa. He says, “We’re at a loss to Read more

New Zealand acknowledges its part in Samoa’s influenza epidemic

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

New Zealand is supporting the repair and redevelopment of a site in Vaimoso cemetery, near Apia in Samoa, which will be a national memorial to the influenza epidemic. Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced support for the memorial and the refurbishment of the nurses’ training centre to mark the centenary of the arrival of Read more

Pink eye epidemic closes all Catholic schools in American Samoa

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

An outbreak of pink eye has closed all the Catholic schools in American Samoa. The Office of Catholic Education Service, closed the schools last Friday and it was expected that they would remain closed on Monday. The closure encompasses a high school, three elementary schools and two kindergartens, with more than 700 total students enrolled. Read more

The ecology of disease

Friday, July 20th, 2012

There’s a term biologists and economists use these days — ecosystem services — which refers to the many ways nature supports the human endeavor. Forests filter the water we drink, for example, and birds and bees pollinate crops, both of which have substantial economic as well as biological value. If we fail to understand and Read more