- Population 9.7 million, capital is Port-au-Prince with 2.1 million people.
- Climate is tropical, with rainy season from March through September.
- Languages are French and Creole.
- 47 recognized international governmental agencies and thousands of of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) operating in Haiti.
- 8,000 UN Peacekeepers present year-round.
- Earthquake in January 2010 killed 316,000 people and left 1.6 million homeless.
- Cholera epidemic killed 1,000 and infected 15,000.
- I.R.C. reports that 7 out of 10 Haitians live on under $2.00 a day.
- U.N. calls the Cite Soleil slum in Port-au-Prince ( an Aristide stronghold), with 500,000 residents, as the most dangerous place on Earth.
- Current weather conditions – www.weather.com
- Tips for Travel in country – www.travel.state.gov
- Currency exchange rates – www.xe.com
Government in Power
President Michel Martelly – Head of State, and Prime Minister Garry Conille, appointed by president as Head of Government.
- Living conditions are worst in Western hemisphere.
- Maternal mortality is 300 per 100,000 births, with national average of 3.7 children per woman.
- Infant mortality is 54.2 per 1,000 births.
- Life expectancy is 60 yrs-male, and 63 yrs-female. This is up from 55 yrs each in 2000.
- HIV rate is 2.2%, with 120,000 currently infected.
- Physician density is 0.25 per 1,000 people.
- Hospital bed density is 1.3 per 1,000 people.
- Prevalent diseases: Malaria 30,000 per year, T.B. 30% higher than rest of Western hemisphere, Typhoid, Cholera, Hepatitis. Waterborne illnesses (Leptospirosis) and intestinal parasites affect 90% of all children in Haiti.
- Age distribution 0-14 makes up 36% of population, with 15-64 at 60%, and 65+ at 4%.
- Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm
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