Since 2017, a global resurgence of measles cases has been affecting all regions of the world. In global immunization surveys, coverage for the second dose of measles-containing vaccine (MCV2) was 69%, with significant variability between regions. In the Asia Pacific region, outbreaks and clusters of measles cases are being reported from countries where measles has been eliminated, including Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, as well as higher incidence in endemic countries such as Lao PDR, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. The country most affected in the region, however, is Samoa. In response to this crisis, a Samoa Measles Appeal1 were launched on 6 December 2019 by the Government of Samoa to receive financial assistance from partners to support national efforts to contain the outbreak, to effectively treat people who contracted measles, and to achieve herd immunity for long term protection of the population. Another important aspect is preventing regional migration, meaning that if the outbreak spreads, the disease has the potential to impact surrounding countries.
In response to the Appeal, the Partnership Platform for Immunization (P4I) is currently being developed to assist mobilizing the necessary funds and operations with the involvement of all relevant UN entities and stakeholders in the region.
The 2030 Partnership Accelerator is supporting the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Samoa to enhance collaboration between sectors and stakeholders for the advance the implementation of the SDGs and to build back better from COVID-19.
The present assessment is part of this support.
The assessment sets out to identify:
Existing major multi-stakeholder partnerships in Samoa, with specific focus on health
Landscape of development actors who are engaged in partnerships
Mapping of coordination mechanisms of stakehold- er groups
Assessment of the development priorities in Samoa against the potential for multi-stakeholder partner- ships
Assessment of the level of interest of non-tradition- al health actors in engagement with the Partnership Platform for Immunization (P4I)
Thematic areas with strong potential for developing new partnerships in Samoa