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The public medical services of Côte d'Ivoire are more important than the small number of private physicians and clinics. In 2004, there were an estimated nine physicians, 31 nurses, and 15 midwives per 100,000 people. About 77% of the population had access to safe water in 2000. Total healthcare expenditures were estimated at 3.7% of GDP.

Abidjan has privately-run medical and dental facilities that are adequate, but do not fully meet Western standards. Good physician specialists can be found, though few speak English. While pharmacies are well stocked with medications produced in Europe, newer drugs may not be available. Medical care outside of Abidjan is extremely limited. Malaria is a serious health problem in Côte d’Ivoire.

Approximately 60% of females underwent female genital mutilation. The birth rate in 1999 was 41.8 per 1,000. The infant mortality rate in 2005 was 90.83 per 1,000 live births, and 14% of all births were classified as low weight. In 2005, average life expectancy in Côte d'Ivoire was estimated at 48.62.

The HIV/AIDS in Côte d'Ivoire prevalence was 0.60 per 100 adults in 2003. As of 2004, there were approximately 570,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in the country. There were an estimated 47,000 deaths from AIDS in 2003. The high incidence of HIV/AIDS is attributed to a lack of HIV education programs.





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