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Liberia

Liberia is Africa’s oldest republic, but it became better known in the 1990s for its brutal civil war that ended in 2005, leaving the country in economic ruin. According to UNDP estimates, around 250,000 people were killed – 1 in 14 of the entire population – and many thousands more fled the fighting to neighbouring countries. The legacy of conflict still affects many aspects of life in Liberia and although the security situation has stabilised, the UN still maintains some 15,000 peacekeepers in the country. While progress has been made in developing important structural policies and building new systems and institutions as part of a broader thrust of initiatives to enhance good governance and economic development, key challenges remain. Liberia languishes near the bottom of most indicators on the UN’s Human Development Index. 64% of Liberians live in abject poverty and most people lack access to electricity, health facilities, roads, quality education, finance and secure land tenure. Improving the health and education systems are urgent priorities. Especially the health system after the recent Ebola epidemic (Sources: UNICEF 2016; UNDP 2016)

total population (thousands)
4,503
GNI per capita
370$
Life expectancy at birth
61 year
Human Development Index
177 (out of 188)
Under-5 mortality rate
70‰
Primary school net enrolment
38%
Adult HIV prevalence (% of the population)
1.2%
People of all ages living with HIV (thousands)
33
improved access to safe water (% of the population)
76%
moderate-severe underweight (% children under-5)
15%

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