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Brief country profile on health management


Capital: Kingston
Population: 2,719,000
Land Surface: 11,424 km2
Population Density: 252 persons/km2
Urban Population: 53.5%
Population Growth Rate: 0.4%
Currency: Jamaican dollar


Risk Management – Jamaica

Jamaica is prone to a number of natural hazards. The island is located within the hurricane belt and has experienced many hurricanes. Jamaica has also a history of seismic activity. Major earthquakes affected Montego Bay and Kingston in 1958, and Kingston in1993. Kingston, the most densely populated area is also the most active seismic zone. Landslides have resulted in deaths and disrupted major transportation networks. The island has experienced periodic drought with the most recent occurrences being in 1994 and 2000. In 2000 drought resulted in estimated losses of Jam$250 million in crops and livestock. 


Health Profile - Jamaica

Percentage of GDP designated to Health: Public: 2.6  Private:2.7
Doctors per inhabitance (10,000 pop) 10.4
Infant Mortality Rate (1,000) 21.1
Maternal Mortality (100,000 lb) 170
Life Expectancy at Birth 72.1
Fertility Rate 2.4
Cases of Malaria: 22
Cases of Dengue: 359
Incidences of HIV (100,000 pop): 40.8

Contact in PAHO and Health Institutions


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