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Research in Samoa

Professor Philip Hill with project partners in Samoa

Prevalence of Chlamydia and Infertility in Samoa

Funder: NZAID, Mercy Hospital Dunedin, South Pacific Commission, University of Queensland, University of Otago

Studies in Antenatal clinics have suggested the Samoa has one of the highest prevalences of Chlamydia infection in the world. However it is now known what the prevalence is in the general community.

This project, a partnership with the National University of Samoa and other key partners in Samoa, uses a cluster sampling method to obtain a representative sample of sexually active 20–29-year-old women across Samoa, interview them, and test them for Chlamydia.

It will provide, for the first time, a robust estimate of the prevalence of present and past Chlamydia infection and provide a basis for further intervention at the nationwide level.