Did You Know?

In some of the most beautiful countries in the world, people often suffer debilitating illness and injuries because of inadequate access to healthcare and simple medical supplies.

Assisting and Aiding Pacific Nations

Vivere is a New Zealand charity that is committed to aiding pacific nations, through improving community and emergency based healthcare.

Vivere’s current project – Project Samoa, is working to assist Samoan communities develop community based health care.

To date as part of Project Samoa Vivere has ;
Assisted with the provision of medical supply for use in emergency care;
Assisted and developed the skills of emergency care responders and the treatment they can provide;
Provided additional medical training to emergency care responders officers.

In the future, Vivere also hopes to continue working with the SFESA and other community medical care providers, increasing the healthcare that the people of Samoa receive. Further to this Vivere hopes to promote community healthcare and emergency education.

It is hoped by sharing this community education, the health of all people within Samoa will improve when there is an accident or serious illness. If you would like to find out any more information about Vivere or their work in Samoa then please feel free to contact us.

Samoa Emergency contact card can be downloaded from here

Samoa’s Healthcare System

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The Samoan healthcare system is developed for routine medical treatment with the The National Hospital – Tupua Tamasese Meaole (TTM) located in the capital Apia, providing primary, secondary and limited tertiary care. Tupua Tamasese Meaole is the national referral hospital for Samoa, but it is limited in the range and availability of health services it can deliver.

In the event of a medical emergency where a patient requires health services that are unable to be met in Samoa, or where a patient requires tertiary level hospital care, patients may be airlifted to Australia, New Zealand or Hawaii for treatment.

Situated in the South Pacific Ocean, Samoa is made up of nine volcanic islands. It has a population of around 188,540 (2008 estimate) people. The islands of Savai’i and Upolu are the two largest and most populated islands in Samoa. The capital Apia is situated on the island of Upolu which is the second largest island.

Samoa’s political system has historically been stable and an expanding tourism industry has recently increased its exports. The Samoan healthcare system has been able to develop over time, with access to relatively good healthcare facilities. This has enabled the health of Samoan’s to improve in recent years.

The World Health Organization (WHO) states that the greatest health threat to Samoa is the ongoing increase in noncommunicable diseases brought on by obesity, inactivity and diets rich in fat, salt and sugar. Diabetes mellitus has been among the leading causes of death reported by public health facilities in all years from 2005-2006 and 2009-2010. Morbidity comparisons during the same period also indicate a rapid increase in noncommunicable diseases an example is diabetes mellitus, of which cases doubled from 264 to 523 and pneumonia cases almost doubled from 789 to 1506 cases.