Quick Facts

  • Officially known as the State of Kuwait
  • Independence: 1961 (from the UK)
  • Location: Middle East, bordering the Persian Gulf, between Iraq and Saudi Arabia
  • Capital: Kuwait City (pop. 2.779 million)
  • Divided into six governorates
  • Population: 2,788,534
  • Languages: Arabic (official); English widely understood
  • Official religion: Islam
  • Climate: desert, covered mostly by Arabian desert
  • Literacy: 96.3%
  • Economy: based on petroleum/petrochemicals
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • A constitutional emirate with a parliamentary system of government
  • Chief of state: Amir Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jabir al-Sabah (since 2006)
  • Head of government: Prime Minister Jabir al-Mubarak al-Hamad al-Sabah (since 2011)

Healthcare Statistics

  • Life expectancy: 77.82 years
  • Infant mortality rate: 7.31/1,000
  • Health expenditures: 2.9% of GDP
  • Physicians density: 1.79 physicians/1,000 population
  • Hospital bed density: 2.2/1,000
  • Obesity adult prevalence rate: 36.8%
  • Infectious disease updates:  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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Health education in the field This is a very important topic that I believe is often overlooked on many mission trips! While it’s wonderful to go spend a week doing clinic work, the reality of these mission trips is that it’s a short-term mission trip, and when the week or so is over, clinic ends! […]


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