Wednesday, January 5

Zambia Ranks Low in World Indicators

According to the UNDP, there are 175 independent nations on Earth. Of those, 29 of the 30 poorest are in Africa (the only non-African country is Haiti, at #150). Sadly, Zambia is ranked #163. Here are a few startling facts about Zambia (numbers in parenthesis are for the US):
  1. Life Expectancy at birth: 33.4 years (76.9)
  2. Adults (age 15-49) living with HIV/AIDS, 2001: 21.52% (0.61%)
  3. Population without sustainable access to an improved water source, 2000: 36% (0)
  4. Population living below $2 a day, 1990-2001: 87.4 % (n/a)
  5. Physicians (per 100,000 people), 1990-2002: 7 (276)
  6. Cellular subscribers (per 1,000 people), 2001: 11 (451)
  7. Internet users (per 1,000 people), 2001: 2.4 (501.5)
  8. GDP (US$ billions), 2001: 3.6 (10,065.3 )

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