Formerly Dahomey, Benin is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking 166 out of 187 countries in the 2013 Human Development Index (UNDP report for 2013).
- Life expectancy at birth is 56.5 years
- Under-five mortality is 118 deaths per 1,000 live births
- The average number of years of education for adults is 3.3 years
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|Population:||9,877,292 (July 2013 est.)|
|Size:||43,484 sq. mi.; slightly smaller than Pennsylvania|
|People Served:||1,237,235(2013 est.)|
Catholic Relief Services began work in Benin in 1958, two years before the country's independence. CRS' early years in Benin were characterized by projects to support rural communities in their economic, health, cultural and social development. Project activities included school feedings as well as health and nutrition activities.
PartnersThe Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
U.S. Agency for International Development