Surprisingly For An Oil-Producing Nation, Chad Is One Of

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Surprisingly for an oil-producing nation, Chad is one of the poorest countries in the world. After gaining its independence from France, Chad struggled to find stability. Mismanagement, corruption, conflict and a harsh climate have added to Chad’s poor economy and poverty rates. Over half of Chad’s population lives in poverty. This is partly a result of the harsh geographical location and conditions. Chad is mainly desert and considering it is still a developing country that relies largely on farming and herding, this has a significant impact. Droughts also impact Chad’s already poor growing conditions. Recently, Chad’s unpredictable rainfalls, locust infections and constant overuse has led to soil erosion and land degradation. Farmers…show more content…
Over two thirds of Chadians live below the international poverty line; this makes Chad one of the poorest nations in the world. Chad’s current life expectancy is only 50.8 years, compared to Algeria’s, which is 74.3. Many factors influence their nation’s life expectancy. In Chad; - Prominent water-borne diseases such as cholera and malaria pose a significant health risk, particularly in the wetter south regions. - The most common causes of death are; Influenza and Pneumonia, HIV/AIDS, Diarrhoeal diseases, Stroke and Coronary Heart Disease. In higher developed countries, many of these diseases are curable however, due to their financial status and low educations rates many people cannot afford the treatment, and it is not easily accessible. - Although there are hospitals situated in the cities and larger towns, facilities are poor and understaffed this means that they cannot cope with the widespread help needed in their country. The World Health Organisation revealed that over the period of 2000 – 2010 there were only 345 doctors working, which equates to only 0.4 physicians for every 10,000 people. Whereas, in Algeria; - Although the majority of the population have difficulties when trying to access education, food, clean water and healthcare, they are not as highly at risk to native diseases. - Although, the production of crops has been damaged due to; soil erosion and

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