Saturday, December 25, 2010

Ethiopia facts

Another local doula is adopting from Ethiopia. She also happens to have an awesome web designing husband. This page is completely copied from her website. I would retype everything and research it, but this way I can give a shout out to her husband's business :)
You can visit it at

In General

  • Ethiopia is ranked by the UN’s Human Development Index as one of the four poorest countries in the world
  • Annual per-capita income is less than $1,000.00
  • Over 65% of the population lives below the poverty rate

  • Population: 79,455,634
  • Average Ethiopian woman gives birth to 5.2 children
  • Population is expected to double in the next 20-30 years


  • Christian 60.8% (Orthodox 50.6%, Protestant 10.2%), Muslim 32.8%, Traditional 4.6%, Other 1.8% (1994 census)

Child Health

  • 1 in 4 women dies in pregnancy or childbirth
  • 4 million children are orphaned, nearly 1 million by AIDS
  • 1 in 10 children die before their first birthday
  • 1 in 6 children die before age 5
  • Over 50% of children are stunted
  • Malnutrition is the underlying cause of more than half of all child deaths

General Health/Life Expectancy

  • Average life expectancy is 53 for men, 58 for women
  • 1 physician for every 34,988 people
  • 1 in 4 women dies in childbirth or from a pregnancy-related illness
  • 22% of the population has access to improved drinking sources: 81% in urban areas and 11% in rural
  • 13% of the population has access to adequate sanitation facilities: 44% in urban areas and 7% in rural

Gender Issues

  • Unlawful kidnapping and forced seizure of young girls for marriage is common in certain parts of Ethiopia, especially in the SNNPR (13%) and Oromia (11%).
  • 80% of women and about 50% of men believe that there are at least some situations in which a husband is justified in beating his wife.
  • Rape is a serious problem. A study on street violence among girls ages 10-24 in Addis Ababa found that 15% of the respondents had been raped, and during their first sexual activity, 43% had been coerced into sex.


  • Sub-Saharan Africa is more heavily affected by HIV and AIDS than any other region of the world. An estimated 22.5 million people are living with HIV in the region – around two thirds of the global total. In 2009, around 1.3 million people died from AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa and 1.8 million people became infected with HIV. Since the beginning of the epidemic, 14.8 million children have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the shout out. And best of luck as you also pursue your little one.