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Population

  •    The population of Zambia is 13,475,000 (Unicef 2011)

  • ♦   The median age of the population of Zambia is 17 years (CIA Factbook)

  • ♦   46% of Zambians are under the age of 14 years whilst just 2.5% are over 65 (CIA Factbook)

  • ♦   There are an estimated 1.2 million orphans in Zambia (Unicef 2011)

 Health

 

  • ♦   Life expectancy at birth is 49 years. (Unicef 2011)

  • ♦   Zambia has the 19th highest death rate in the world (CIA Factbook)

  • ♦   An average of 45,000 people die from HIV AIDS each year (CIA Factbook)

  •    There are 970,000 people living with HIV AIDS (Unicef 2011)

  • ♦   Just 48% of the population have access to sanitation (Unicef 2011)

  •    Only 46% have access to safe drinking water in rural areas (Unicef 2011)

 Poverty  

  • ♦   68% of Zambians live below the internationally accepted poverty line (UN 2007)

  •    Only 3.2% of households in rural areas have access to electricity

 Education 

  •    The Zambian government spends 2% of the GDP on education (UN)

  •    The average child’s education lasts just 7 years (CIA Factbook)

To watch a video of a local Mfuwe teacher explaining the Zambian Education system click here.  

Sources: CIA Facts; Unicef; World Health Organisation; United Nations;