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Republic of Guyana

Capital: Georgetown
Population: 762,000
Land Surface: 215,000 km2
Population Density: 3.6 persons/km2
Urban Population: 28.4%
Population Growth Rate: -0.1%
Currency: Guyanese dollar


Risk Management – Republic of Guyana

The major hazards which affect Guyana are flooding, drought, and industrial hazards. The country is prone to both coastal and riverine flooding. Drought is a recurrent feature of the environment because of the El Nino factor. Deforestation is occurring along the coast and in the inland regions. The processes used to exploit mineral resources such as bauxite and gold contributes to deforestation, flooding and environmental pollution.


Health Profile - Republic of Guyana

Percentage of GDP designated to Health: Public: 5.6  Private:1.9
Doctors per inhabitance (10,000 pop) 3.8
Infant Mortality Rate (1,000) 22.0
Maternal Mortality (100,000 lb) 470
Life Expectancy at Birth 67.4
Fertility Rate 2.3
Cases of Malaria: 11,815
Cases of Dengue: 324
Incidences of HIV (100,000 pop): 25.8

Contact in PAHO and Health Institutions

Republic of Guyana

Pan American Health Organization - Focal Point
Contact Name: Adriannus Vlugman 
Position: Environmental Health Advisor
Address:  PAHO/ WHO Guyana Office, 8 Brickdam, Stabroek, Georgetown, Guyana
Tel:  +592 225 300, 227 5150, 227 5158, 223 6372, 227 4205
Fax: +592 226 6654
Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Reference Documents

Health situation in the Americas- Basic Indicators 2009


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