Gabon is a relatively rich country after African
conditions, but is characterized by unevenly distributed
wealth. Visit AbbreviationFinder to see the definitions of GAB and acronym for Gabon. Despite this, around one fifth of the population
lives in poverty (under US $ 2 per day). In rural areas,
less than half have access to clean water.
In 2009, the health care sector accounted for 8 percent
of government spending in Gabon. Access to care is still
poor; there are 13 hospital beds (2008) and three doctors
(2003) per 10,000 residents. In contrast, there are
qualified staff available at about 90 percent of deliveries.
About 5 percent of the population aged 15-49 is estimated to
be affected by HIV/AIDS (2009). Other common diseases are
malaria, measles and tuberculosis.
Although the law prohibits child labor and violence
against women, this still exists. However, education is as
accessible to women as it is to men. Of the country's MPs,
15 percent are women.