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Tuvalu

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Tuvalu
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Tuvalu comprises nine coral islands and is, by population, the smallest member of the United Nations. The population has, however, more than doubled since 1980 and was estimated to have reached approximately 11 149 in 2010. About 32.0% are in the 0-14 year age group, 62.7% in the 15-64 year age group and 5.3% are 65 years or older. The population growth rate is estimated at 0.5% (2010), and the crude birth rate at 22.9 per 1000 population. The total fertility rate was estimated at 3.2 in 2009.

Life expectancy at birth is currently 63.6 years for both sexes: 61.7 years for males and 65.1 years for females.

The Tuvaluan language is spoken by virtually everyone, while a language very similar to Gilbertese is spoken on Nui. English is also an official language, but is not spoken in daily use. Parliamentary and official functions are conducted in Tuvaluan.

In 1953, the Ellice Islands (former name of Tuvalu) was assigned to the Western Pacific Region at the Sixth World Health Assembly ''without prejudice to any questions regarding sovereignty'' as an area. It was administered by the Western Pacific High Commission until its independence on 1 October 1978. It joined WHO on 7 May 1993 as a Member State.

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

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:

Vaiaku, Funafuti, Tuvalu P.O. Box 36, Funafuti, Tuvalu

Telephone number:
(688) 20403

Fax number:

(688) 20832

Email:

soh@tuvalu.tv

Website:
http://www.gov.tv

Sources

Additional information

Tuvalu Millennium Development Goals Report 2006. Government of Tuvalu, and United Nations Development Programme, 2006.

 

Statistics

Population (in thousands) ( 2010 ) 11.149
Population aged 5-14 years (%) ( 2010 ) 21.11
Life expectancy at birth (years) ( 2000 ) 63.6
Under-five mortality rate (per 1000 live births) ( 2009 ) 24.6
Total health expenditure as % of GDP ( 2009 ) 10.5
General government health expenditure as % of total government expenditure ( 2009 ) 11
Human development index ( 1998 ) 0.58
Per capita GDP at current market prices (US$) ( 2002 ) 1139.32
Population below national poverty line (%) not available
Literacy rate among adults aged >= 15 years (%) ( 1998 ) 95
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) ( 2003 ) not available
Proportion of the population using improved drinking water source ( 2008 ) 97
Population using improved sanitation facilities (%) ( 2008 ) 84