Arab World

 

01. Morocco > Health


In 2006, Morocco spent approximately 4.8 per cent of its total budget on healthcare (up from 4.0 per cent in 2000), accounting for 26.2 per cent of all healthcare spending. Total expenditure on healthcare equated to 5.3 per cent of the country's GDP. Per capita expenditure on health was approximately US$113, compared with US$54 in 2000. Figures for 2000-07 show that there are 15,991 physicians (5 per 10,000 population), 24,328 nurses and midwives (8 per 10,000 population) and 3,091 dentists. There are 9 hospital beds per 10,000 population.
According to the latest WHO figures, in 2006 all the urban population and 58 per cent of the rural population had access to improved drinking water. In the same year, 85 per cent of the urban population and 54 per cent of the rural population had access to improved sanitation. Diarrhoea accounts for 14.8 per cent of childhood deaths.
The infant mortality rate was estimated at 38.85 per 1,000 live births in 2007. Life expectancy at birth in the same year was 68.8 years for men and 73.6 years for women. As at 2005, there was a relatively low prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the country, at under 0.1 per cent. (Source: WHO, 2009)




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