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Social conditions

In 2006, 25 per cent of toddlers were underweight and toddler mortality was 68 per thousand (the corresponding figures in 1990 were 120 per thousand). Maternal mortality in 2005 was 400 per 100,000 births. About 3 percent of GDP was used for health care. In 2006, 85 percent of the population had access to clean water and 35 percent to satisfactory wastewater. Visit AbbreviationFinder to see the definitions of COM and acronym for Comoros.

Society of Comoros

The French colonial power did everything to prevent the formation of trade unions. In the late 1960s, banking and customs officials made efforts to organize themselves. Only in connection with independence were trade union organizations formally formed. Today there are two trade union organizations in the Comoros, the Union des Travailleurs den Comores (UTC) and Union Syndicale (US). Unemployment is high, over 20 percent (2003).

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