Benin

Viviana Azankposso assists with CRS' program to help fight malaria through education, medication and distribution of mosquito nets like the one shown here. Photo courtesy of CNS/Paul Haring

Viviana Azankposso assists with CRS' program to help fight malaria through education, medication and distribution of mosquito nets like the one shown here. Photo courtesy of CNS/Paul Haring

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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Stats

Population:9,877,292 (July 2013 est.)
Size:43,484 sq. mi.; slightly smaller than Pennsylvania
People Served:1,237,235(2013 est.)

History

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.

Partners

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
U.S. Agency for International Development

Programs

Civil Society and Governance
Disaster Response
Health
Microfinance


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