Quick Facts

  • Official name: Gabonese Republic
  • Capital city: Libreville (pop. 707,000)
  • Independence: 1960 (from France)
  • Official language: French
  • Divided into nine provinces.
  • Economy: dominated by oil exports
  • Climate and terrain: equatorial type climate with rain forest covering 85% of country
  • Religion: predominantly Christianity
  • Population: 1,705,336
  • Literacy rate: 83.2%
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • A republic – multiparty presidential regime
  • Chief of state: President Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba (since 2009) – elected by popular vote
  • Head of government: Prime Minister Daniel On a Ondo (since 2014) – appointed by the President

Healthcare Statistics

  • Maternal mortality rate: 291/100,000 births
  • Infant mortality rate: 46.07/1,000 births
  • Life expectancy: 52.04 years
  • Health expenditures:  3.8% GDP
  • Physician density: 0.29/1,000
  • Hospital bed density: 6.3/1,000
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 3.91%
  • Infectious disease risk: very high
  • Infectious diseases: bacterial diarrhea, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, malaria, schistosomiasis, dengue fever, rabies
  • Medical infrastructure considered one of the best in Africa with approximately 90% of population having access to health care.
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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Field Stories

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