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Latin America & Caribbean
** Health **
 

  1. Life expectancy (1990-95) 
    • Latin America and Caribbean: women (72 ans); men (67 ans) 
      Sources: Wistat (United Nations)
  2. Increase in life expectancy (1970-75 à 1990-95) 
    • Central America: 10 years (women); 9 years (men)
    • South America: 7 years (women); 6 years (men)
    • Caribbean: 6 years (women); men: 6 years (men)
      Sources: Wistat (United Nations)

       
  3. Countries where women's life expectancy is at less than 50 years (1990-95) 
    • ...
      Sources: United Nations

       
  4. Child Mortality Rate (1970-75 to 1990-95) 
    • Latin America:
      74 deaths for 1000 successful births (1970-75);
      40 deaths for 1000 successful births (1990-1995)
    • Caribbean:
      55 deaths for 1000 successful births (1970-75);
      25 deaths for 1000 successful births (1990-1995)
      Sources: United Nations

       
  5. Current general frequency of women's genital organs mutilation in some countries 
    • Frequency estimated at 70 % or more : Nil
    • Frequency estimated at à 50-60 % : Nil
    • Frequency estimated at 20-30 % : Nil
    • Frequency estimated at 5-10 % : Nil
      Sources: Fran Hosken, (The Hosken Report) & Nahid Toubia

       
  6. Seropositivity among women & men (up to mid-1994) 
    • Latin America and Caribbean:
      Estimated number of seropositive adults : 2 millions
      Total number of estimated AIDS Cases : + de 400 000
      Estimated percentage of women among seropositives : 20 %
    • World
      Estimated number of seropositive adults :+ de 16 millions
      Total number of estimated AIDS Cases : 3 millions
      Estimated percentage of women among seropositives : 40 %
      Sources:World Health Organization (The HIV/AIDS pandemic: 1994 overview)

       
  7. Percentage of the utilization of contraception among married women in age of procreating (1990) All contraceptive methods included 
    • AMERICAN VIRGIN ISLANDS: ...%
    • ANTIGUA & BARBADOS: 53 %
    • LEEWARD & WINDWARD: ...%
    • ARGENTINA: 74 %
    • BAHAMAS: 62 %
    • BARBADOS: 55 %
    • BELIZE: 47 %
    • BOLIVIA: 30 %
    • BRAZIL: 66 %
    • CHILE: ...%
    • COLOMBIA: 66 %
    • COSTA RICA: 70 %
    • CUBA: 70 %
    • DOMINICA: 50 %
    • DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: 56 %
    • EL SALVADOR: 47 %
    • ECUADOR: 53 %
    • GRENADA: 54 %
    • GUADELOUPE: 44 %
    • GUATEMALA: 23 %
    • GUYANA: 31 %
    • GUYANE FRANÇAISE: ...%
    • HAITI: 10 %
    • HONDURAS: 41 %
    • JAMAICA: 67 %
    • MARTINIQUE: 51 %
    • MEXICO: 53 %
    • NICARAGUA: 49 %
    • PANAMA: 58 %
    • PARAGUAY: 48 %
    • PERU: 59 %
    • PORTO RICO: 70 %
    • SAINT LUCIA: 47 %
    • SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS: 41 %
    • SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES: 58 %
    • SURINAME: ...%
    • TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: 53 %
    • URUGUAY: ...%
    • VENEZUELA: 49 %
      Sources: United Nations

The statistics used here are from the United Nations, The World' Women 1995 - Trends and Statistics (United Nations publications, Sales No. E.95XII.2
(In French, F.95. XII.2) and are quoted with permission. Further information on United Nations gender statistics may be found at the United Nations Statistics Division's Internet home page http://www.un.org/Depts/unsd

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