The standard of living in Seychelles is one of the
highest in Africa. In 2007, only 2 percent of the population
was estimated to live in poverty (below US $ 2 per day).
Visit AbbreviationFinder to see the definitions of SYC and acronym for Seychelles. Public health has greatly improved and is close to Western
The diseases common in the tropics are malaria, yellow
fever, insomnia and cholera. In contrast, intestinal
parasites such as chin worm and inner worm are available.
STDs are widely spread. In 1992, the Ministry of Health
confirmed the first official case of AIDS. The country is
lacking in international statistics on the prevalence of HIV
/ AIDS, but according to a report from UNAIDS, the number of
infected people is still low, although there are signs of
increased spread. The most common causes of death are
cardiovascular disease, lung disease, diabetes and liver
cirrhosis. Alcoholism is a serious problem, and drug abuse -
mainly marijuana and heroin - is becoming more common among
adolescents. There are 40 hospital beds (2009) and 15
doctors (2004) per 10,000 residents. In 2009, 11 percent of
government spending was on health care.
The availability of food is good and the climate healthy.
A government program provides cheap housing, loans and land,
although it is said to favor the government's sympathizers.
All medical treatment is free of charge. The Social Security
Act provides that both employers and employees contribute to
a national pension system, which gives employees a modest
basic pension at 63 years. Unemployment benefit is paid if
any public work such as street sweeping is performed as a
consideration or if the person participates in some form of
Women enjoy the same legal, political, economic and
social rights as men. However, violence against women
continues to be a problem. Society is often described as
matriarchal and the mothers are usually unmarried. However,
the law requires that fathers help provide for their
children. Girls attend primary school to the same extent as
boys and in secondary school the girls are in the majority.
Of the country's MPs, 23.5 percent are women.