The National Health Service is the main government provider of health services for Samoa. We operate all of the hospitals and health centres. We are also the main provider for medical imaging services, the sole provider of medical laboratory testing, and our pharmacy services cater to a significant portion of national pharmaceutical needs.
Please visit the links below to understand more about the role and functions of the National Health Service and its leadership and governance.
WHO WE SERVE
Samoa Population Profile
The Samoa Bureau of Statistics holds comprehensive demographic information on the population of Samoa, whom we serve.
- The estimated population of Samoa for 2015 is 193,483
- There are 106 males for every 100 females
- 76% of the population live on the island of Upolu and 24% in Savaii. 19% of the population live in the Apia Urban Area, on Upolu. One third of the total population of Samoa now live in North West Upolu, the fastest growing region.}
- A large proportion of the population (47%) are in the dependent age-groups
- The Total Fertility Rate is high. Close to 6,000 births occur each year. At last census 2011, the calculated average number children born to a Samoan woman during her reproductive years, was 4.7 children.
- Around 800 deaths occur yearly. The Infant Mortality Rate, (the probability of a child dying before their first birthday), is 15.6 infant deaths for every 1,000 live births. The Child Mortality Rate, (the probability of a child dying before their 5th birthday), is 19.3 child deaths for every 1,000 live births.
- Non-Communicable Diseases are the biggest health challenge for Samoa.
WHO ARE WE
The National Health Service was established on the 1st July 2006 under the National Health Service Act 20061.
The establishment of NHS as a state owned public beneficiary body separated the health service delivery functions from the Ministry of Health which now focuses on health sector strategic planning, policy development and monitoring.
With the mandate to provide healthcare to the people of Samoa, NHS operates all of the publicly funded hospitals and health centre 2. We are also the main provider for medical imaging services, the sole provider of medical laboratory testing, and our pharmacy services cater to a significant portion of national pharmaceutical needs.
We are one of the largest government organisations with just over 1,000 employees in 2015, delivering healthcare services from 12 hospitals and health centres located over the two main islands of Samoa. Our health care model encompasses service delivery within the home and community settings.
NHS operations are funded primarily from Government allocation with a small amount (<5%) recovered from nominal fees and charges to patients.