American Samoa

Total Population

58,070

Number of Inhabited Islands and Atolls

7

Access to Major Health Facility (percentage of population requiring more than 1 hour of travel)

50%

Total Health Budget

$21,403,500

Per Capita Health Budget

$369

SOURCE: PIHOA (1997). NOTES: Total population is the official estimate from the 1990 U.S. census; the health care budget is from Fiscal Year 1995.

Overview

American Samoa is the only U.S. territory south of the equator. U.S. involvement with the islands began more than 120 years ago when U.S. businesses began using the port at Pago Pago. The United States officially annexed the islands in 1900 and placed the U.S. Navy in charge of their administration. In 1951 control was turned over to the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI). Today, although many aspects of Samoan life have been westernized, the traditional culture—Fa'a Samoa—with its emphasis on



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