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Commonwealth of Dominica

Capital: Roseau
Population: 73,000
Land Surface: 756 km2
Population Density: 91.5 persons/km2
Urban Population: 74.3%
Population Growth Rate: 0.2%
Currency: East Caribbean dollar


Risk Management – Dominica

Dominica is part of a volcanically and tectonically active ridge formed along the subduction zone in the Eastern Caribbean. The island has eleven potentially active volcanic centers, one of the highest concentrations in the world and is therefore affected by volcanic, geothermal and seismic activity. Southern Dominica is at a high risk of future magmatic eruptions from Morne Anglais, Morne Plat Pays and Morne Micotrin that would generate pyroclastic flows and surges, ash falls, and lahars. The majority of on-land earthquakes are shallow, and the 1998 volcanic swarms were mainly related to the Play Pays volcanic complex -Morne Anglais centre in southern Dominica. Geothermal activity is associated with a very active area that includes the Valley of Desolation, Boiling Lake and the Eastern and Western Hot Springs. An estimated 90% of the population lives within five kilometers of a live volcano. (Seismic Research Unit 2000).


Health Profile - Dominica

Percentage of GDP designated to Health: Public: 3.8  Private:2.4
Doctors per inhabitance (10,000 pop) No data
Infant Mortality Rate (1,000) No data
Maternal Mortality (100,000 lb) No data
Life Expectancy at Birth 76.0
Fertility Rate 2.1
Cases of Malaria:
Cases of Dengue: 80
Incidences of HIV (100,000 pop): 5.6%

Contact in PAHO and Health Institutions

Commonwealth of Dominica

Pan American Health Organization - Focal Point
Contact Name:  Ms. Shirley Augustine
Position: Country Program Officer
Address: Government Headquarters,
Kennedy Avenue, Roseau, Dominica 
Tel:  767 440-6084
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Reference Documents

UNDP Human Development Report 2009
Health situation in the Americas- Basic Indicators 2009


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Coordination Mechanisms

Regional Office of the World Health Organization
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