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Life expectancy is 61 years.

High fertility rate with 5.7 children per woman.

The literacy rate is low, at 41% (28% for women, 55% for men).

60% of adult women and 40% of adult men have never attended school.

0.5 hospital bed per 1,000 people.

0.06 physicians per 1,000 people (data from 2008).

Benin is one of the countries most challenged with a shortage of medical personnel.

10.4

millions of inhabitants

6

physicians per 100’000 inhabitants

(Switzerland: 218 physicians per 100,000 inhabitants)

53,1%

Of the population lives
below the poverty line.

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