DOH receives $200,000 grant to prevent STDs

The American Samoa Department of Health has been awarded a grant of $200,000 for the prevention and control of sexually transmitted diseases.

The grant of $203,003 is from the US Department of Health and Human Services and directed through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, Sexually Transmitted Diseases & Turbeculosis Prevention (NCHHSTP).

The NCHHSTP is the primary federal agency tasked with prevention and control of sexually transmitted diseases, and the agency works throughout the United States and internationally to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, STDS, Hepatitis, and Tuberculosis.

Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed the grant and said,”Access to necessary health services can sometimes be a challenge in American Samoa, so federal support like this is helpful in the effort to prevent and treat communicable diseases.

“Thank you to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for their role in supporting these health care needs,” continued Congresswoman Amata.

“Congratulations to Director Motusa Tuileama Nua, Margaret Sesepasara and everyone working on this program, along with the rest of the Health Department.”