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Territory of American Samoa

Capital

Pago Pago

Official Languages

English Samoan

Area

199 km2

Population

56,400

Currency

United States Dollar

Geography and demographics

American Samoa comprises five main islands and two coral atolls located in the south-western Pacific. It is an unincorporated and unorganized territory of the United States of America. American Samoa’s civil, judicial and military powers lie with the President of the US. The head of government is the governor who is elected by popular vote every four years. The legislative assembly – or Fono – is made up of a Senate of 18 members and a House of Representatives of 21 members. Major economic activities in American Samoa include tuna canning and handicrafts.

Politics

As a territory of the United States, American Samoa’s civil, judicial and military powers lie with the President of the US. The governor is its head of government and also holds the executive power. Along with the Lieutenant Governor, he or she is elected every four years by popular vote. The legislative assembly – or Fono – is made up of a Senate of 18 members and a House of Representatives of 21 members.

Economy

American Samoa’s largest export is canned tuna, the majority of which is imported by the United States. The other main employers are the public and private sectors, with the manufacturing of handicrafts also contributing to the economy. The United States Dollar is used as currency.

Tourism

American Samoa is known for its nature: pristine beaches, dense jungle and vast national parks. Tourists can enjoy all these beautiful islands have to offer through activities such as hiking, trekking, swimming and snorkelling. From rainforests and mountains to museums and beaches, American Samoa offers a diverse range of things to see and do.

Health overview

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are the main cause of premature illness and death. American Samoa is also vulnerable to emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases including dengue, chikungunya and Zika.

Health infrastructure

American Samoa has one acute care hospital and five primary health care centres. The national hospital, Lyndon B. Johnson Tropical Center in Pago Pago, is managed by a hospital board and is subject to the rules and regulations of the United States of America.

WHO

In May 1953, American Samoa was assigned to the Western Pacific Region at the Sixth World Health Assembly "without prejudice to any questions regarding its sovereignty" as an area. The United States of America still remains responsible for American Samoa’s defence and foreign affairs and represents American Samoa at the Regional Committee.
The WHO Representative Office in the South Pacific covered American Samoa from 1956 to 1 October 1986 when the WHO Representative Office in Apia, Samoa was established to cover Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tokelau.

Representative American Samoa:
Dr Rasul Baghirov
Address: Ioane Viliamu Building Beach Road Apia Western Samoa
Telephone: +685 24976
Email: wpwsmwr@who.int

Department of public health

The department of public health is responsible for public health issues, communicable disease control and health services at district and community levels.

Government of American Samoa
Executive Office Building
Pago Pago 96799
Telephone: (684) 633 4606, Tel: (684) 633-4116
Fax: (684) 633-2269
Email: info@as.gov

Health training institutions

American Samoa has one post-secondary education institution: the American Samoa Community College. Located in Mapusaga near Pago Pago, the College offers associate degrees in a range of fields including liberal arts, science, and teaching.

American Samoa AHEC
American Samoa Community College
P.O. Box 2609, Pago Pago, AS 96799
Program Coordinator: Monica Afalava
http://www.ahec.hawaii.edu/american-samoa/
Phone: (684) 699-1587
Email: m.afalava@amsamoa.edu
Email: Saili Samoa, ASAHEC Coordinator; email: s.samoa@amsamoa.edu

Resources

AMERICAN SAMOA–WHO Country Cooperation Strategy 2018–2022
http://iris.wpro.who.int/bitstream/handle/10665.1/13940/WPRO-2017-DPM-006-asm-eng.pdf

Access American Samoa (USA) country profile (CHIPS 2015-2016)
http://hiip.wpro.who.int/portal/portals/0/CountryProfiles/PDF/ASM_AmericanSamoa2015.pdf

National immunization data – EPI summaries by country
http://www.wpro.who.int/immunization/documents/epi_country_poster_2014_ams.pdf

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