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Nauru

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Nauru
This map is an approximation of actual country borders.

The population of Nauru was estimated to be 9976 in 2010, with about 35.6% below 15 years of age and around 1.3% 65 years and above.

As a result of an effective public health programme focusing on water and sanitation, there have been no recent infectious disease outbreaks, but noncommunicable diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and cancer, have become leading causes of morbidity and mortality, and obesity rates are very high. The 2007 STEPS survey reported a diabetes prevalence rate of 16.2% among the 15-64 age group. Diabetes increases in prevalence with age and was found to be 24.1% in the 35-44 age group, 37.4 % among 45-55 year-olds and 45 % in the 55-64 age group.

Nauru, an island in the Central Pacific Ocean, joined WHO on 9 May 1994. In 1968, the Republic gained its independence from Australia, New Zealand and British-administered UN trusteeship.

It is covered by the WHO Representative Office in the South Pacific.

The WHO Representative in the South Pacific : Liu, Dr Yunguo

WHO Country Office

Office address:

Level 4 Provident Plaza One Downtown Boulevard 33 Ellery Street, Suva

Postal address:

P.O. Box 113, Suva, Fiji

Telephone number:

(679) 3304600 & 3234100 (general line)
(679) 3300727 (WR's direct line)
(679) 3306177 (MOH)

Fax number:

(679) 3234166 and 3234177

Office hours:

08.00 - 17.00 (Monday to Friday)

Email:

who.sp@wpro.who.int

Website:

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

Ministry of Health

Address:

Government Offices, Yaren District, Nauru

Telephone number:
(674) 444 3805 ext 261/262

Email:

secretary.health@naurugov.nr

Sources

Additional information

Nauru Demographic and Health Survey 2007. Bureau of Statistics Nauru, Secretariat for the Pacific Community, Noumea, New Caledonia, Macro International Inc. Calverton, Maryland, U.S.A., April 2008.

 

Statistics

Population (in thousands) ( 2010 ) 9.98
Population aged 5-14 years (%) ( 2010 ) 22.7
Life expectancy at birth (years) ( 2008 ) 55.4
Under-five mortality rate (per 1000 live births) ( 2006 ) 30
Total health expenditure as % of GDP ( 2009 ) 10.85
General government health expenditure as % of total government expenditure ( 2009 ) 18.5
Human development index ( 1998 ) 0.66
Per capita GDP at current market prices (US$) ( 2007 ) 2071
Population below national poverty line (%) not available
Literacy rate among adults aged >= 15 years (%) ( 2005 ) 95
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) ( 2002 ) 300
Proportion of the population using improved drinking water source ( 2008 ) 90
Population using improved sanitation facilities (%) ( 2008 ) 50