Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Liberia's Orphans

With 3.5 million people in a country the size of Tennessee, there are 250-thousand orphans. UNICEF stats show the percent of the population that have either phones or internet is 0! The percentage of the population that has access to adequate sanitation services is 27 percent. Half the population, more than 1.7 million people are children under the age of 18. But in 2005 only 12 percent of girls and 22 percent of boys got passed the fifth grade. Access to health care has gotten tougher, in 1989 there were 400 doctors working for Liberia's Public Health Sector. Now there are only 25 in the whole country. The reason: the doctors make about 100 bucks a year. A private doctor can make between 75 and 85 dollars a month. The government does not have enough doctors to staff every hospital or clinic.

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