Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Haiti instead of Kenya, you would:

Health

be 60.4% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Kenya, 4.8% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Haiti, that number is 1.9% of people.

be 3.2 times more likely to be obese


In Kenya, 7.1% of adults are obese. In Haiti, that number is 22.7% of people.

Economy

make 48.6% less money


Kenya has a GDP per capita of $3,500, while in Haiti, the GDP per capita is $1,800.

be 62.0% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Kenya, 36.1% live below the poverty line. In Haiti, however, that number is 58.5%.

Life

be 29.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In Kenya, approximately 510.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Haiti, 359.0 women do.

be 22.2% less likely to be literate


In Kenya, the literacy rate is 78.0%. In Haiti, it is 60.7%.

be 26.1% more likely to die during infancy


In Kenya, approximately 37.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Haiti, on the other hand, 46.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 90.0% more likely to have access to electricity


In Kenya, 20% of people have electricity access (60% in urban areas, and 7% in rural areas). In Haiti, that number is 38% of people on average (72% in urban areas, and 15% in rural areas).

be 53.1% less likely to have internet access


In Kenya, approximately 26.0% of the population has internet access. In Haiti, about 12.2% do.

Expenditures

spend 33.3% more on healthcare


Kenya spends 5.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Haiti, that number is 7.6% of GDP.

Geography

see 3.3 times more coastline


Kenya has a total of 536 km of coastline. In Haiti, that number is 1,771 km.

Haiti: At a glance

Haiti is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 27,560 sq km. The native Taino - who inhabited the island of Hispaniola when it was discovered by Christopher COLUMBUS in 1492 - were virtually annihilated by Spanish settlers within 25 years. In the early 17th century, the French established a presence on Hispaniola. In 1697, Spain ceded to the French the western third of the island, which later became Haiti. The French colony, based on forestry and sugar-related industries, became one of the wealthiest in the Caribbean but only through the heavy importation of African slaves and considerable environmental degradation. In the late 18th century, Haiti's nearly half million slaves revolted under Toussaint L'OUVERTURE. After a prolonged struggle, Haiti became the first post-colonial black-led nation in the world, declaring its independence in 1804. Currently the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti has experienced political instability for most of its history. After an armed rebellion led to the forced resignation and exile of President Jean-Bertrand ARISTIDE in February 2004, an interim government took office to organize new elections under the auspices of the United Nations. Continued instability and technical delays prompted repeated postponements, but Haiti inaugurated a democratically elected president and parliament in May of 2006. This was followed by contested elections in 2010 that resulted in the election of Haiti's current President, Michel MARTELLY. A massive magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010 with an epicenter about 25 km (15 mi) west of the capital, Port-au-Prince. Estimates are that over 300,000 people were killed and some 1.5 million left homeless. The earthquake was assessed as the worst in this region over the last 200 years.

How big is Haiti compared to Kenya? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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