HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: MCH Jurisdictional Survey Instrument for the Title V MCH Block Grant Program, OMB No. 0906-0042, Extension
The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking comments and burden estimates regarding the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Jurisdictional Survey that is to be administered in the U.S. territories and jurisdictions. The MCH Jurisdictional Survey is designed to produce data on the physical and emotional health of mothers and children under 18 years of age in the following eight jurisdictions: American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Data from the MCH Jurisdictional Survey is used to measure progress on natio...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 8, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Allow Least Developed Countries to Develop
By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 31 2021 (IPS) The pandemic is pushing back the world’s poorest countries with the least means to finance economic recovery and contagion containment efforts. Without international solidarity, economic gaps will grow again as COVID-19 threatens humanity for years to come. Least developed While bringing some concessions, the ‘least developed countries’ (LDCs) designation – introduced five decades ago – has not generated changes needed to accelerate sustainable development for all. Anis ChowdhuryThe United Nations (UN) General Assembly created t...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 31, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: COVID-19 Development & Aid Economy & Trade Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Source Type: news

Former Sen. Tom Udall is Biden's pick as ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa
The two-term lawmaker was one of four choices named Friday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Samoa in crisis as elected leader locked out of Parliament
Samoa was plunged into a constitutional crisis Monday when the woman who won an election last month was locked out of Parliament and the... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Samoa to scrap China-backed port project under new leader Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Samoa's expected new prime minister pledges to cancel a $128 million Chinese-backed port development, calling it excessive for the small... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Samoa to shelve China-backed port project under new leader
Samoa's expected new prime minister has pledged to shelve a $US100 million ($NZ139m) Beijing-backed port development, calling the... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

International Women ’s Day, 2021More Women Leaders Make Better Societies
The upcoming Samoan election is a unique opportunity to encourage diversity in politicsBy Simona MarinescuAPIA, Samoa, Mar 12 2021 (IPS) This year it will be 128 years since the right of women to vote was first recognized, with New Zealand becoming the first nation to allow the participation of women in its general election in 1893. From the suffragettes – to today’s feminists, both men and women have fought to increase women’s political participation and representation. It has been a slow, sometimes bitter and occasionally even dangerous struggle. Yet global progress remains slow and uneven – as it does in Sa...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Simona Marinescu Tags: Asia-Pacific Climate Change Economy & Trade Gender Gender Violence Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity TerraViva United Nations Women in Politics Women's Health Source Type: news

Drug Users Often Do Not Seek Help Because They Fear Legal Repercussion
By Simona MarinescuAPIA, Samoa, Mar 8 2021 (IPS) In the February 12th editorial on the issue of illicit drug use, the Samoa Observer stated that “… there is no data currently available to show that drug abuse including meth consumption levels in Samoa have reached crisis levels, which would warrant the government considering decriminalizing drug use and consumption.” The United Nation’s position on this is clear, we must not sit by and wait for a problem to blight our communities before acting. The evidence shows that it is cheaper and more effective to prevent drug use than to deal with the consequences. To be cle...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Simona Marinescu Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Crime & Justice Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Vaishali Pharma gets orders from Vanuatu Islands, Samoa Islands
Vanuatu is a South Pacific Ocean nation made up of roughly 80 islands. The need for healthcare products is increasing in Vanuatu islands due to increasing rates of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - March 8, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Hawaii & Samoa under TSUNAMI WATCH after 8.0 earthquake north of New Zealand
American Samoa has been placed under a tsunami warning and Hawaii on a tsunami watch after an 8.0 magnitude earthquake was registered in... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Drug Use is a Health Issue – We Need to Decriminalize
Vulnerable people need support, not stricter lawsBy Simona MarinescuAPIA, Samoa, Feb 25 2021 (IPS) Earlier this month, and in December 2020 the Government of Samoa conducted operations that resulted in the confiscation of a total of 1,400 grams of methamphetamine at the border, smuggled from the US. The law enforcement officials (from the Ministry of Customs and Revenue and the Ministry of Police and Prisons) that intercepted these drugs deserve congratulations for their professionalism and skill. Meth is destructive and harmful – and it is good to see this potential threat removed from the community. Simona Marines...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Simona Marinescu Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Economy & Trade Education Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

The Boon and Bane of LDC Graduation: The Bangladesh Experience
By Iftekhar Ahmed ChowdhurySINGAPORE, Feb 22 2021 (IPS) Bangladeshis at the present time share a modicum of justifiable pride in the fact that the world merits this country worth watching in terms of its economic potentials. To my mind , we have reached this stage for the following reasons: First, effective utilization of early foreign assistance; second a steady ,albeit sustained, move away from a near -socialistic to an open and liberal economy; third , a shift from agriculture to manufacturing as land-space shrank to accommodate urbanization; fourth , an unleashing of remarkable entrepreneurial spirit among private sect...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury Tags: Asia-Pacific Civil Society Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Food & Agriculture Gender Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Shifting Conversations in Multifaceted Policymaking
People walking in public space with medical masks on to protect themselves from coronavirus infection. Credit: iStock / DragonImagesBy Sudip Ranjan BasuBANGKOK, Thailand, Jan 7 2021 (IPS) As the people of Kiribati, Samoa and Tonga gear up as the first nations to welcome 2021, communities around the Asia-Pacific region and beyond look forward to bidding farewell to the most tumultuous year in recent decades. 2020 brought unparalleled human suffering that continued to devastatingly impact on the daily lives of people across all corners of the region. With the emergency authorization and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, pe...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sudip Ranjan Basu Tags: Asia-Pacific Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Financial Crisis Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Celebrating Vanuatu ’s Path to Sustainable Development
By Armida Salsiah AlisjahbanaBANGKOK, Thailand, Dec 10 2020 (IPS) The Pacific Island Developing State of Vanuatu has emerged as one of the region’s great success stories. Vanuatu has joined the ranks of Samoa and the Maldives as one of only six countries to graduate from being a least developed country, since the category was introduced by the United Nations in 1971. Armida Salsiah AlisjahbanaThis historic achievement is the result of major development gains and strategic planning. It shows that the country has successfully raised levels of income and improved social development indicators, with marked declines in morta...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Health Humanitarian Emergencies Poverty & SDGs Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Asia Today: Samoa leader appeals for calm after COVID case
The leader of the small Pacific nation of Samoa has appealed for calm after the country reported it’s first positive test for the coronavirus, although a second test on the same patient returned a negative result (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news