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3. Economy
a. Figures
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Index / Health
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Key figures
Life expectancy
70.9 years. women live 2.9 years longer than men.
MENA rank: 17 of 22.
Child mortality
Infants: 16.0 per 1000.
1 to 5 years: 2.3 per 1000.
MENA rank: 7 of 22.
MENA rank: 9 of 21.
MENA rank: 11 of 22.
10 per 100,000 inhabitants.
2,000 in total.
MENA rank: 2 of 14.
$109 per inhabitant.
3.9% of GDP.
MENA rank: 18 of 21.
Hospital accreditations
0.5 per 1000 inhabitants.
MENA rank: 18 of 22.
Hospital beds
1.5 per 1000 inhabitants.
MENA rank: 15 of 22.
MENA rank
among 22 countries.

MENA = Middle East and North Africa.

Syria scores poorly on the MENA ranking, coming in as 16 among 22 countries. There is an overall correspondence between health infrastructure and health conditions for individuals, and only one positive point: Syria has the 7th best position in the field of child mortality.

Health care
Syria has a well-developed health care system in the cities, involving state and private hospitals, many public and private outpatient clinics and different sorts of health centres. The smallest service providers are rural health units, and in general the health system for the rural areas is limited with few services. In 2006, 95% had access to local health services.
In the 1990's, governmental neglect caused a fall in actual number of hospital beds during a time when there was a significant growth in population. But a new regime since 2000 (Bashar al-Assad) allowed radical improvements, quickly bringing the number of beds to a higher level than ever before.

Health conditions and diseases
Syria has problems with tuberculosis and trachoma, especially among the Bedouins and the poor. There are major problems with infectious diseases and illnesses related to environmental pollution.
Figures of 2006 from WHO show that 89% have good access to clean water, 92% access to good sanitation. There are no major differences between countryside and towns, and even in towns access is only 95 and 96%.

By Tore Kjeilen