A Census in Haiti?

Haiti has had just “4 censuses” across all its history, the most recent in 2006, costing $8 million and employing 25,000 people.   How can one have a new election without a census?

See this press release from 2006:

10 May 2006

New Haiti Census Shows Drastic Lack of Jobs, Education, Maternal Health Services

….“The census offers a map of where the direst needs are in Haiti,” said Hernando Clavijo, UNFPA’s Representative in the country. “The population structure in itself, with an overwhelming majority of young people, means that more resources should be put into education and reproductive health services.”

According to another study, the Caribbean nation also has the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the Western Hemisphere. Estimates range between 4 and 5 per cent.

….

Principal Results:

Socio-economic Indicators

  • Population size: 8.4 million—likely to increase to 10 million by 2010

  • Demographic growth ratio: 2.5 per cent yearly

  • Fertility rate: 4 children per woman

  • Life expectancy: 56 years (women) and 53 years (men)

  • Demographic density: 302 inhabitants per square kilometre

  • 50 per cent of the population is younger than 20

  • Urbanization ratio: 40 per cent

  • Unemployment rate: 33 per cent

  • Adult literacy rate: 59 per cent

  • Primary-school attendance: 49 per cent

Haiti, has the region’s most alarming social indicators

  • Maternal death ratio: 523 women per 100,000 live births

  • HIV/AIDS: 4-5 per cent of the total population is HIV-positive

  • Child mortality: 1 out of 8 children die before they reach the age of five;

  • 1 out of 14 children die before their first birthdays.

– See more at: http://www.unfpa.org/public/global/pid/227#sthash.0ep96uKv.dpuf

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Much has changed since this time. For example, in medical news, Tom Frieden, MD, MPH writes about efforts and progress on health issues here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tom-frieden-md-mph/despite-big-obstacles-hai_b_3437170.html and also here – http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6223a3.htm?s_cid=mm6223a3_e
Across the board, more data is needed to view progress. This Haiti Export Treemap is a fine example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Haiti_Export_Treemap.jpg  Projections like this are infinitely better than nothing. Whether a census of employment, plants or education, attention to facts is vital.
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