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Brief country profile on health management

Cayman Islands

Capital: George Town (on Grand Cayman)
Population: 49,000
Land Surface: 264 km2
Population Density: 184 persons/km2
Urban Population: 100%
Population Growth Rate: 2.4%
Currency: Caymanian dollar


Risk Management – Cayman Islands

The islands are mainly at risk of hurricanes and earthquakes, both of which occurred recently.

In September 2004, Hurricane Ivan pounded Grand Cayman. A national disaster was declared, two people were killed, virtually the entire population was directly affected and a large number of buildings were severely damaged. The total amount of damage and losses is estimated at around 183 % of gross domestic product. Ivan was particularly devastating because it moved slowly over the flat and therefore highly exposed land. Storm surges flooded large sections of the coast. Other recent hurricanes which have impacted the island be it much less than Ivan, were Michelle in 2001, Gilbert in 1988 and Katrina in 1981.


Health Profile - Cayman Islands

Percentage of GDP designated to Health: Public: 3.5  Private:no data
Doctors per inhabitance (10,000 pop) No data
Infant Mortality Rate (1,000) 1
Maternal Mortality (100,000 lb) No data
Life Expectancy at Birth 80.0
Fertility Rate 1.9
Cases of Malaria: 1
Cases of Dengue: 1
Incidences of HIV (100,000 pop): 6.4

Contact in PAHO and Health Institutions

Cayman Islands

Pan American Health Organization - Focal Point
Contact Name:  Dr. Homero Silva
Position: Environmental Health Advisor
Address: PAHO Jamaica 2-4- King Street, 7th Floor, Kingston
Tel: (876) 967-4626 
Fax: (876) 967-8598
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Reference Documents

Health situation in the Americas- Basic Indicators 2009


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Coordination Mechanisms

Regional Office of the World Health Organization
525 Twenty-third Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037, United States of America
Tel: +1 (202) 974-3000  Fax: +1 (202) 974-3663