Friday, July 11, 2008

Did you know? Facts about Health in Haiti

Access to sanitation 54% [98th of 129]
Definition: The percentage of the total population with access to sanitation facilities

Contraception 28% [61st of 89]
Definition: % contraceptive prevalence 1995 - 2000. Data refer to married women aged 15-49, but the actual age range covered may vary across countries.

Drug access 0-49% [150th of 163]
Definition: Population with access to essential drugs 2000. The data on access to essential drugs are based on statistical estimates received from World Health Organization (WHO) country and regional offices and regional advisers and through the World Drug Situation Survey carried out in 1998-99. These estimates represent the best information available to the WHO Department of Essential Drugs and Medicines Policy to date and are currently being validated by WHO member states. The department assigns the estimates to four groupings: very low access (0-49%), low access (50-79%), medium access (80-94%) and good access (95-100%). These groupings, used here in presenting the data, are often employed by the WHO in interpreting the data, as the actual estimates may suggest a higher level of accuracy than the data afford.

Infant mortality rate 74.38 [29th of 179]
Malaria cases > per 100,000 15 [76th of 94]
Definition: Malaria cases (per 100,000 people

Maternal mortality 520 per 100,000 [22nd of 136]
Definition: Maternal mortality reported per 100,000 births 1985-1999. The maternal mortality data are those reported by national authorities. UNICEF and the World Health Organization periodically evaluate these data and make adjustments to account for the well-documented problems of under-reporting and misclassification of maternal deaths and to develop estimates for countries with no data (for details on the most recent estimates see Hill, AbouZahr and Wardlaw 2001). Data refer to the most recent year available during the period specified.

Probability of not reaching 40 31.6% [35th of 111]
Definition: Probability at birth of not reaching the age of 40.

Spending > Per person 21 [104th of 133]
Definition: Spending per capita (PPP) in $US 1998.

Spending > Public 1.4%
Definition: World Bank. 2002. World Development Indicators 2002. CD-ROM. Washington, DC.

Tuberculosis cases > Per 100,000 190 [26th of 165]
Definition: Tuberculosis cases (per 100,000 people)

... Now you know

SOURCES: ; WHO (World Health Organization). 2001. Correspondence on access to essential drugs. Department of Essential Drugs and Medecines Policy. February. Geneva; World Bank. 2002. World Development Indicators 2002. CD-ROM. Washington, DC; UN 2001 via backone.pdf; CIA World Factbook, December 2003; UNICEF (United Nations Children?s Fund). 2002. Official Summary: The State of the World's Children 2002. New York: Oxford University Press.; UN (United Nations). 2002. United Nations Population Division Database on Contraceptive Use. Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. January. New York

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