The residents of Cape Verde have, by African dimensions,
measured a high standard of living. However, about 25
percent of the population still lives below the national
poverty line. Water supply has remained a problem for many;
just over 15 percent of the population lack access to clean
water. About 2 percent of the children born die during their
first year of life.
Compared to other countries in the region, health care is
well developed and most residents have access to care. There
are 21 hospital beds and six doctors per 10,000 residents
(2008). Qualified personnel are available for four out of
five deliveries. In 2009, 10 per cent of government
expenditure went to health care. The most common causes of
death are various cardiovascular diseases and tuberculosis.
Cape Verde is one of the African countries with the lowest
proportion of HIV/AIDS infected; approximately 0.2 percent
of the population aged 15-49 is estimated to be affected. Visit AbbreviationFinder to see the definitions of CPV and acronym for Cape Verde.
In some respects, Cape Verde has come a long way in the
field of gender equality. For example, girls are in the
majority of secondary schools. However, just over half of
the country's women are professionals. Of the country's MPs,
18 percent are women.