Morocco : A Low Income Country

1543 Words Apr 15th, 2016 7 Pages
Morocco is a low income country located in the northern part of Africa. It is the 58th largest nation in the world. It became an independent nation in 1666 from the government of France (The World Atlas, 2016). This paper will discuss its health care for its people, its major health issues and the social and environmental factors that affect the health of its citzens.

Background
Morocco’s current population is about 33,322,699 people. They normally have a higher population in the urban areas than the rural areas (The World Factbook, 2016). The citizens have a life expectancy of 75 years of age, a birth rate of 2%, a death rate of 4.78 deaths per 1,000 people, and an infant mortality rate of 2.3% (The World Factbook, 2016). The native language spoken there is Arabic. Morocco has mountains and valleys on its coast. They have a moderate subtropical climate. The winters are cold and summers are very hot. Morocco’s environment often suffers from weather related disasters such as desertification and soil erosion. As of 2016, the U.S. dollar buys 9.84 Moroccan dirhams (The World Factbook, 2016). Morocco’s GDP is 274.5 billion dollars. They have an inflation rate of 1.9% and an unemployment rate of 9.2%. Only 15% of its people live below the poverty line (The World Factbook, 2016). Morocco has a free trade agreement with the United States that has established a foundation for economic growth. It continues to make progress with trying to integrate its economy into the global…
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