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Micronesia, Federated States of

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Micronesia, Federated States of
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The Federated States of Micronesia contains 607 volcanic islands and atolls scattered over 1 million square miles of the Pacific Ocean. The land area totals 704.6 square kilometres, with 7192 square kilometres of lagoon area.

Based on the preliminary results of the 2010 Census, the Federated States of Micronesia has a population of 102 624, 35.7% below 15 years old, and 3.3% 65 years and over. The average age of the population is estimated to be 21.5 years, and for every 100 females, there are about 103 males. There has been a decrease in the population due to substantial outmigration over the past decade. Approximately 49% of the population lives in Chuuk, 32% in Pohnpei, 11% in Yap and 8% in Kosrae, with almost 23% living in urban areas.

In May 1953, the Federated States of Micronesia was assigned to the Western Pacific Region in the Sixth World Health Assembly ''without prejudice to any questions regarding sovereignty'' as an area. It joined WHO on 14 August 1991 as a Member State. Prior to joining WHO, it was a member of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands dominated by the United States of America until the Office of the High Commissioner determined to end its association on 10 July 1987. All functions were transferred to individual governments including the Federated States of Micronesia.

The Federated States of Micronesia was previously covered by the WHO Representative Office in Singapore. From 1959, it was covered by the WHO Representative Office in Taipei, China (Taiwan) until 30 June 1972 when the Representative Office was closed. The responsibility for the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands was transferred to the Regional Office in 1972, and it was decided that the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands was to come under the WHO Representative Office in the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji in 1976. In August 2010, the Regional Director for the Western Pacific Region, Dr Shin Young-soo, approved the establishment of the new WHO Country Liaison Office in the Federated States of Micronesia covering the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, and Palau.

The WHO Country Liaison Officer in Northern Micronesia : Huseynova, Dr Sevil

WHO Country Office

Office address:

Department of Health and Social Affairs 1/F Mogethin Building, National Capital Complex Palikir

Postal address:

Department of Health and Social Affairs Mogethin Building, 1st Floor National Capital Complex PO BOX PS70 Palikir, FM 96941

Telephone number:

(691) 320 2619

Fax number:

(001) 866 868 3940

Office hours:

09.00 - 17.00 hours (Monday to Friday)

Email:

who.fsm@wpro.who.int

Website:

http://www.wpro.who.int/southpacific

Department of Health and Social Services

Address:

P.O. Box PS 70, Palikir, Pohnpei State, Federated States of Micronesia 96941

Telephone number:
(691) 3202872

Fax number:

(691) 3205263

Email:

health@fsmhealth.fm

Sources

Additional information

Health Information and Planning Unit, Department of Health and Social Affairs, The Federated States of Micronesia.

 

Statistics

Population (in thousands) ( 2010 ) 102.624
Population aged 5-14 years (%) ( 2010 ) 23.98
Life expectancy at birth (years) ( 2010 ) 69
Under-five mortality rate (per 1000 live births) ( 2009 ) 39
Total health expenditure as % of GDP ( 2009 ) 13.8
General government health expenditure as % of total government expenditure ( 2009 ) 20.6
Human development index ( 2010 ) 0.614
Per capita GDP at current market prices (US$) ( 2008 ) 2223
Population below national poverty line (%) not available
Literacy rate among adults aged >= 15 years (%) ( 2009 ) 92.4
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) ( 2009 ) not available
Proportion of the population using improved drinking water source ( 2006 ) 94
Population using improved sanitation facilities (%) ( 2006 ) 25