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Haiti Statistics

Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere

Gross national income per capita is US$660, about half the total for Nicaragua, the second poorest country in the Americas

78% of Haitians are poor (less than US$2 a day), and more than half (54%) live in extreme poverty (less than US$1 a day).

In rural areas, poverty and extreme poverty rates are estimated to be 84% and 69% respectively.

Over two-thirds of the labor force do not have formal jobs.

Life expectancy is 61 years.

Half of children under 5 are malnourished.

Only 50% have access to clean drinking water.

The average Haitian eats 2 meals per week.

Over 7% of children die at birth.

For every 100,000 births, 523 women died in Haiti, compared to eight maternal deaths for every 100,000 births in Europe.
80 out of 1,000 Haitian children never see their first birthday.

50% of primary school age children are not enrolled in school.

One-third of girls over six never go to school.

Approximately 30% of children attending primary school will not make it to third grade; 60% will abandon school before sixth grade.

Less than 40% of non-public schools are accredited.

Approximately 75% of all teachers lack adequate training; many have just a 9th grade or 12th grade education, with no teacher training at all.

Less than 20% of schools have electricity; 39% have potable water; 15% have a library.

Public education represents less than 20% of enrollment, and less than 10% of schools, at the primary level.

Estimated annual school costs average US$131 per child (including uniform, books/materials and transportation).

37.9% of the population is unable to read or write, as compared to only 12% illiteracy in the rest of Latin America.

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