Quick Facts

  • Officially the Republic of Mali
  • Gained independence from France and split from Senegal as Mali in 1960.
  • Official language: French
  • Climate: tropical in the south and arid in the north
  • Divided into eight regions and one district
  • Capital: Bamako (pop. 2.515 million)
  • Population: 16,955,536
  • Major religion: Muslim
  • Economy: based on agriculture and fishing
  • Literacy rate: 38.7%
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • A semi -presidential republic
  • Chief of state: President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (since 2013)
  • Head of government: Prime Minister Modibo Keita (since 2015)

Healthcare Statistics

  • Maternal mortality rate: 587/100,000 births
  • Infant mortality rate: 102.23/1000 births
  • Life expectancy: 55.34 years
  • Health expenditures: 7.1% GDP
  • Hospital bed density: 0.1/1,000
  • Physician density: 0.08/1,000
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 1.42%
  • Infectious disease risk: very high
  • Infectious diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, malaria, dengue fever, meningococcal meningitis, schistosomiasis
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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