The population of Cook Islands decreased between 1996 and 2001 due to outmigration, but then began to increase again, with an estimated 23 300 people in 2010. Around 28.6% are below 15 years of age and about 7.9% are 65 years and above.
In 2009, overall life expectancy at birth was estimated at 72 years: 70 years for men and 73 years for women. The crude birth rate was 23.8 per 1000 population, and the crude death rate 8.1 per 1000 resident population in 2010.
Country health information profile
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WHO Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS)
In May 1953, before its independence, Cook Islands was assigned to the Western Pacific Region at the Sixth World Health Assembly ''without prejudice to any questions regarding sovereignty'' as an area. On 4 August 1965, it became a self-governing territory in free association with New Zealand. It joined the World Health Organization on 9 May 1984 as a Member State followed by the establishment of its Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1983.
The WHO Representative Office in the South Pacific covered Cook Islands from 1956 to 1986, when the WHO Representative Office in Samoa was established to cover the American Samoa, Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tokelau.
WHO Country Office
Ioane Viliamu Building Beach Road Apia Western Samoa
P.O. Box 77 Apia, Western Samoa
(685) 24-976 (direct line)
08.00 - 12.00 13.00 - 17.00 (Monday to Friday)
Ministry of Health
P.O. Box 109, Avarua Rarotonga, Cook Islands
(682) 22664 (Hospital), (682) 29664 (Admin)
(682) 22670 (Hospital), (682) 23109 (Admin)
|Population (in thousands) ( 2010 )||23.3|
|Population aged 5-14 years (%) ( 2010 )||19.39|
|Life expectancy at birth (years) ( 2009 )||72|
|Under-five mortality rate (per 1000 live births) ( 2009 )||7.1|
|Total health expenditure as % of GDP ( 2009 )||4.5|
|General government health expenditure as % of total government expenditure ( 2009 )||10.6|
|Human development index ( 1998 )||0.82|
|Per capita GDP at current market prices (US$) ( 2009 )||10298|
|Population below national poverty line (%)|| not available
|Literacy rate among adults aged >= 15 years (%) ( 2009 )||100|
|Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) ( 2009 )|| not available
|Proportion of the population using improved drinking water source ( 2006 )||95|
|Population using improved sanitation facilities (%) ( 2008 )||100|