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Brief country profile on health management


Capital: Plymouth
Population: 5,000
Land Surface: 102 km2
Population Density: 49.3 persons/km2
Urban Population: 14.1%
Population Growth Rate: 0.4%
Currency: East Caribbean dollar


Risk Management – Montserrat

The major disaster issue facing Montserrat is volcanic activity. The island has been and continues to be devastated by it. However, the island is also at risk to hurricanes and earthquake activity. Wind and storm surge associated with hurricanes are of major concern. Areas in the safe zone with slopes steeper than 60 degrees would be most at risk. Little Bay, the site of the new port is prone to storm surge. Seismically, it has been determined that the eastern Caribbean is “ripe for a major earthquake”. In terms of a “multi-hazard” event the Integrated Vulnerability Assessment of Montserrat suggests that heavy rainfall associated with a hurricane or tropical storm could trigger a volcanic dome collapse and an eruption.


Health Profile - Montserrat

Percentage of GDP designated to Health: Public: 7.1  Private:0.8
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 73
Fertility Rate 1.2
Cases of Malaria: No data
Cases of Dengue: 2
Incidences of HIV (100,000 pop): No data

Contact in PAHO and Health Institutions


Pan American Health Organization - Focal Point
Contact Name:  Ms. Katrina Smith
Position: Country Program Officer
Address:  2nd Floor, D3 Building
Caribbean Commerical Complex, The Valley
Tel:  264 497-3214
Fax:264 497-5145
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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