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Total population (millions)8.3
Life expectancy at birth (years)51.6
GDP per capita (PPP US$)1,742
Adult literacy rate (% age 15 and above)51.9
Combined primary, secondary and tertiary gross enrolment ratio (%)--

Haiti is the poorest country in the Caribbean basin. Approximately 80% of the population is living in abject poverty. The local economy is dependent upon the agricultural sector; nearly 70% of the population are dependent upon it for employment and subsistence needs.

The country has suffered from a culture of violence and corruption; poverty is deepening especially for children and young people. HIV AIDS is also putting pressure on the country and its human resources. Haiti does not receive much attention from the international community yet its needs are great.

The most recent Human Development Report ranks Haiti at 153, with a low human development rating status. The Human Development Index (HDI) value is 0.475 compared to the HDI of the UK, which is 0.939.

World Emergency Relief is working with local people to bring hope and practical support to communities.

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These are our current projects in HAITI:

There are no Projects currently listed for this Country.

The factual information on each of the countries has been published in the United Nations Human Development Report 2005. Please refer to this document for more comprehensive information.

The FCO also provides detailed country profiles, explaining the history and politics of each of the countries. (FCO web site)