By Selena Ross 

 

WASHINGTON — Here’s a fact-based snapshot of Rwanda’s health challenges and the ways that U.S. President Barack Obama’s Global Health Initiative plans to address these issues.

 

RWANDA

 

Total GHI spending:
FY 2009: $166 million
FY 2010: $162 million

 

Total population: 11 million
GDP per capita: $1,100

 

Proportion of children who die before their fifth birthday: 1 in 9
Maternal mortality per 100,000 live births: 750

 

Major health concerns in the country:
1) Infant, child and maternal mortality are all extremely high
2) A high risk and burden of malaria throughout the whole population

 

GHI focus areas: This is still to be determined; the US government has not yet released its country strategy documents for Rwanda.

 

(Sources: CIA; GHI country strategy documents; Kaiser Family Foundation; UN; www.foreignassistance.gov)

 

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