With very few natural resources, Kiribati is considered one of the least developed countries in the world. Kiribati has a life expectancy at birth of 60 years and an infant mortality rate of 54 deaths per 1,000 live births.
Bacterial contamination due to lack of fresh water supplies is prevalent. In recent years, water-borne illnesses have been compounding.
A remote country of 33 scattered coral atolls spread over more than 2,000 miles across the equator, Kiribati (pronounced Keer-ree-bas) is one of the poorest nations in the world. It is named by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) as one of the most medically needy countries on earth.
in the early 2000’s, just under 7% of the population were treated annually for food poisoning.
Islanders survive mostly on a subsistence diet of fish, coconuts and taro and often suffer from infections and disease without medicines of any kind. Most of the islands have NO doctor, just nurses trying to do their best.
Island nurses are supplied by Pacific Islands Medical Aid with life saving antibiotics, pain medicines, tablets for internal parasites, anti-diabetics and other urgently needed medications and supplies requested by them.
Kiribati has few natural resources and it’s location in the central Pacific isolates it’s 100,000 inhabitants from the rest of the world.