Friday, December 11, 2009

Uganda Facts

Just a few statistics on Uganda... 
  • Life expectancy: 49
  • Probability at birth of not surviving until age 40: 31.4%
  • Under-5 mortality rate: 130 in 1,000 live births
  • Percentage of HIV-positive adults: 5.4%
  • Children underweight for their age: 20% 
  • In East Africa, underweight prevalence is predicted to be 25% higher in 2015 than it was in 1990.
  • Uganda has the 3rd highest rate of malaria deaths in the world. 
  • In 2007, there were 47,000 reported deaths from Malaria (with likely double that or more unreported)
  • Percentage of adults with "low educational attainment" (as defined by the Human Development Index): 93.5%
  • Adult illiteracy rate: 26.4%
  • Population living under $1.25 a day: 51.5%
  • Population living under $2 a day: 75.6%
  • Government expenditure on health care per capita: $39
  • Urban share of Uganda's population: 11 - 13%
  • Total fertility rate: 6.4 
Fun facts about Uganda: 
  • When a Ugandan is explaining a direction or location, instead of pointing with their hand they often purse their lips out towards the direction.
  • Many Lusoga words repeat themselves.  For instance, "wala wala" means "far away," "mpola mpola means "slowly," and "kumpi kumpi" means "close by."  
  • Mangos currently cost 5 cents each 
  • Women are not meant to eat eggs, in Basoga culture, lest the forefathers curse us.
  • There are at least half a dozen types of banana commonly grown, likely more, each with their own name and purpose: bagoya, ndizi, gonja, matoke, etc. 

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