An increasing number of Medical Capacity Building training participants

Mercy Ships has already visited Benin 5 times. Benin ranks 166 out of 187 countries according to the United Nations Humanitarian Development index.

Life expectancy is 61 years. High fertility rate with 5.7 children per woman. The literacy rate is low, at 41% (28% for women, 55% for men). 60% of adult women and 40% of adult men have never attended school. 0.5 hospital bed per 1,000 people. 0.06 physicians per 1,000 people (data from 2008). Benin is one of the countries most challenged with a shortage of medical personnel.

Porto-Novo / Cotonou
112.622 km²
10,3 million
Human Development Index
Rank 166 out of 187
Life expectancy
61 years
Gross Domestic Product
USD 9.27 billion (as of 2019)
French is the official language, along with numerous local languages.
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