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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Haiti Facts

  • 10% of the child population in Haiti will die before the age of 4.

- 1 out of 14 children die before their first birthday

- 1 out of 8 children die before they reach age of 5

  • 40% of the children do not get regular vaccinations for childhood diseases

  • 42% of children under the age of five face chronic malnutrition

  • 7% (300,000) of the children in Haiti are enslaved. They are as young as 3 years old.

  • 45% of the Haitian population is illiterate.

  • 70% of the population lives below poverty level.

  • Only 50% of primary-age children are in primary school

  • Less than 2% of children finish secondary school

  • Haiti’s people have less access to clean water and sanitation than residents of Ethiopia or Sierra Leone

  • Haiti has the third-highest rate of hunger in the world, behind Somalia and Afghanistan

  • Haiti’s life expectancy is 49 years, even lower than that of Sudan

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