In 1992, there were 1 physician per 2 682 residents and 36 medical facilities in the country. A hospital is located in the capital, while 35 health centers/hospitals are distributed over the different regions. The amount allocated for health care this year corresponded to 3% of GDP, and the funds came to 40% as foreign aid and 52% from private organizations. Infant mortality fluctuates considerably between years, including as a result of the current state of supply. Social insurance included (1996) retirement and disability pensions as well as occupational injury insurance.
Polynesian culture is best preserved in Samoa and neighboring Tonga. Visit AbbreviationFinder to see the definitions of ASM and acronym for Samoa. The foundation of society is the large families, the clans. The male heads of these constitute town councils, which distribute the village land and fishing water between households. They are also responsible for ensuring that everyone, including the elderly and the sick, has a secure livelihood. In society, there are also strong Christian values. The church and the pastor play an important role in the social life of the village. In Samoan lifestyle, obedience to authority and to the old is a matter of course. During the 1990s, clearer contradictions emerged between the generations in this regard.
Trade unions are lacking in Samoa, and wages are very low. It became increasingly difficult to emigrate during the 1990s, and unemployment is rising.