Policy Update

Norwegian medical team responds to deadly Samoan measles outbreak

Norway has dispatched an emergency medical team in response to the Samoan government declaration of a state of emergency regarding the country's escalating measles outbreak.  More than 4,000 cases of measles have been confirmed, with 60 deaths to date; 48 of these victims were children under the age of four. Samoa has a total population of just 200,000.

The Norweigian relief team is made up of doctors, nurses, public health experts, and logistics staff to assist in treatment and response coordination. The outbreak is still escalating, and there is a significant shortage of health workers, despite the fact that other countries in the region have sent health personnel in an attempt to alleviate the situation. 

The team was deployed by the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection, in collaboration with the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, the Norwegian Directorate of Health, the four regional health authorities, and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  

Press release - Norwegian government