Pacific Disaster Fund
A life-threatening outbreak of measles is growing in the Pacific right now, with children being the most at risk. In the last month, Samoa has seen:
Over 4,000 suspected cases
Up to 63 people have lost their lives
As the outbreak continues to spread rapidly, hospitals and local health centres are being stretched to their limits, schools have been closed and public gatherings severely restricted. New Zealand Red Cross is doing everything we can to support the region, with health delegates on the ground assisting in prevention and treatment among hospitals and vaccination clinics.
This work is vital in controlling the potentially fatal disease, so we need your help. Deployed nurse practitioner from Nelson, Andrea Chapman, has said, “Although people are being vaccinated, the measles outbreak has the potential to get worse.”
On top of that, these communities are on high alert for a cyclone. Each year between November and April, on average, 10 tropical cyclones will form just offshore. Any one of these cyclones has the potential to strike land, bringing torrential rain, floods and gale-force winds, destroying homes, devastating communities and disrupting people’s lives.
Donate now to the Pacific Disaster Fund and have an enormous impact on the livelihoods of people in the Pacific. You will help reach people affected by the devastating measles outbreak, as well as those in the direct path of a cyclone, by giving them the tools and support needed to stay safe, be resilient and support their family, friends and community.