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Health Summit: Do cultural practices cause mental health issues for Samoan mothers?

“Is our culture a protective factor?” asks one of the panelist

Samoan cultural practices causing mental health issues and “maternal depression” for Samoan mothers were among questions raised by participants of the 7th Bilateral Health Summit following presentations by physicians from Samoa and American Samoa on mental illness in the two Samoas.

Samoa’s Ombudsman: “Fa’a Samoa does not permit husbands to beat their wives”

In the fa’a Samoa he says, “Ole tuafafine ole i’oimata o lona tuagane”

Apia, SAMOA — Samoa’s Ombudsman Maiava Iulai Toma has made it clear that the “Fa’asamoa does not permit husbands to beat their wives.”  He made these comments during his presentation before the media on human rights.
Maiava heads the Office of the Ombudsman that was created in 1988 and in 2013 and mandated to be Samoa’s National Human Rights Institution which is to protect and promote human rights in Samoa.

Village Walks in American Samoa promote healthy living

The Village Walks program in American Samoa was an intervention activity that promoted healthy living set up by the Children’s Healthy Living Fund (CHL), an extension program of the University of Hawaiʻ at Mānoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. The three walks included the communities of Aua, Fagaitua and Masefau as part of the CHL Reducing Childhood Obesity in American Samoa program.

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7th Bilateral Health Summit gets a brief history of healthcare in the territory


This Samoa News photo of an old picture shows the Hospital of American Samoa in Utulei, where currently, The AP Executive Office Building is located and the photo was part of a slide show by Health Department’s Dr. Peni Biukoto at yesterday’s day-two of the 7th Bilateral Health Summit at the Gov. H. Rex Lee Auditorium.
Buikoto shared with summit participants a brief history of health services in the territory, along with a slide show of photos.

7th Bilateral Health Summit looks at issues for both Samoas

Healthcare “is not going to be an overnight fix”

For the 7th Bilateral Health Summit to be successful, Lt. Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga has called for merging, among other things, of health and legislation along with “a lot of awareness and exercise programs,” while Health Director Motusa Tuileama Nua sought collaborative efforts from all sectors of the two Samoas in order to address health care issues for both American Samoa and Samoa.

Samoa's Ministry of Women speaks out about gender inequality

“The main challenge is the attitudes, beliefs and behaviors” from men — and women

Apia, SAMOA — With the total population of Samoa at 187,820, a total of 89% of the men hold chiefly titles, this is according to Ministry of Women, Community and Social Developments official Mema Motusaga during her presentation before the media during a weeklong training hosted by Samoa Alliance of Media Practitioners for Development (SAMPOD).

Local students learn the joy of giving to those in need


In a time when social disruptions are becoming a norm across the US, local kids are proving that there is still love and compassion, and it’s never too early or too late to teach someone the importance of giving.


Earlier this month, representatives from the Galea’i Cancer Foundation, as well as the American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition were presented with monetary donations earlier this month from perhaps the most unexpected source of all: school children.


New YAG laser for LBJ Eye Clinic allows surgery to happen sooner than later


With the generous support from an Oregon couple, the LBJ Medical Center has new equipment for the Eye Clinic, and this includes a $40,000 yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) III laser, which will help patients waiting for eye surgery — allowing for surgery to happen sooner.

Winners awarded in ASCC Samoan language writing competition

            The Samoan Studies Institute (SSI) at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) held an awards ceremony on Tuesday, November 1st, to recognize the top three finalists in its Samoan language writing competition Lau Gagana! Tauvaga Tusiga Tala Faasamoa. ASCC student Ms. Dorothy Mana’o authored the piece that took top honors, with fellow students at the College Ms. Andrea Faalei’ua and Ms. Oneata Melody R. Soi taking second and third place respectively.

Aumua honors our Toa O Samoa — and all who served on Veterans Day

Source: Media Release, Aumua Amata's office

Pago Pago, AS — Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata, issued the following statement in recognition of Veterans Day 2016.

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