Quick Facts

  • Official name: Kingdom of Bahrain
  • It is an archipelago of 33 islands, the largest island being Bahrain
  • Independence: 1783 (from Persia)
  • Area: 760 sq km (3.5 times the size of Washington, DC)
  • Capital city: Manama (pop. 411,000)
  • Nationality: Bahraini(s)
  • Ethnic groups: Bahraini 46%, Asian 45.5%, other Arabs 4.7%, African 1.6%, European 1%, other 1.2%
  • Divided into four governorates
  • Official language: Arabic
  • Major religion: Islam
  • Population: 1,346,613
  • Economy: based on banking, oil export
  • Climate: hot dry summers with cooler, dry winters
  • Literacy rate: 95.7%
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa (since 1999)
  • Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa (since 1971)
  • Type: constitutional monarchy

Healthcare Statistics

  • Maternal mortality rate: 15/100,000
  • Infant mortality rate: 9.35/1,000
  • Life expectancy: 78.73 years
  • Total fertility rate: 1.78 children/woman
  • Health expenditures: 4.9% GDP
  • Physician density: 0.92/1,000
  • Hospital bed density: 2.1/1,000
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 0.2%
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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Field Stories

Pharmacy in the FIELD!! This is a very important aspect of field trips. Often times you may be fortunate and have a pharmacist come along on the trip. A couple of pre-trip rules I have learned when it comes to this aspect of the operation… 1. Have someone in charge of pharmacy well before the trip. This person […]

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