Haiti Health Profile: Quick Facts

August 17, 2015

The World Health Organization (WHO) - the group that directs and coordinates international health within the United Nations’ system - estimates a life expectancy of less than 64 years among the 10,300,000+ people living in Haiti. Compare that to a life expectancy of 81 years for females in the United States and 87 years in Japan.

 

In Haiti, the probability of dying before age 15 is 30% for males and 26% for females.

 

Haitian Health Statistics (source: WHO Haiti Profile):

  • Median age in Haiti: 22 years old

  • Percentage of children dying under 5 years of age: 7.3%

  • Contraceptive prevalence: 35%

  • Antenatal care (4+ visits): 67%

  • Births attended by skilled health personnel: 37%

  • Raised blood pressure (age 25+): 33.6%

  • Obesity rate: 8.4%

 

The Top Ten Causes of Death in Haiti:

  1. Stroke (12%)

  2. Lower respiratory infections (8.6%)

  3. HIV/AIDS (8.3%)

  4. Ischemic heart disease (5.6%)

  5. Diarrheal diseases (5.1%)

  6. Diabetes mellitus (4.9%)

  7. Interpersonal violence (3.4%)

  8. Preterm birth complications (2.8%)

  9. Tuberculosis (2.8%)

  10. Birth asphyxia and birth trauma (2.3%)

 

Sources

Image: World Health Organization website

Statistics: World Health Organization Haiti Country Profile, United States Country Profile, 2014 World Health Facts

 

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