Benin

Viviana Azankposso assists with CRS' program to help fight malaria through education, medication and distribution of mosquito nets like the one shown here. Photo courtesy of CNS/Paul Haring

Viviana Azankposso assists with CRS' program to help fight malaria through education, medication and distribution of mosquito nets like the one shown here. Photo courtesy of CNS/Paul Haring

Benin and Togo are two of the world's poorest countries, ranking 159 (Togo) and 166 ( Benin) out of 187 countries in the 2012 Human Development Index (UNDP report for 2013).

  • Life expectancy at birth is 56.5 years.
  • Under-5 mortality is 90 deaths per 1,000 live births.
  • The average education of adults is 3.3 years.
  • The maternal mortality ratio (MMR) is high at 350 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births.

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Stats

Population:9,877,292 (July 2013 est.)
Size:43,484 sq. mi.; slightly smaller than Pennsylvania
People Served:1,236,889

History

CRS was established in Benin and Togo in 1958, two years before the country's independence. CRS' early years in Benin and Togo were characterized by projects to support rural communities in their economic, health, cultural and social development. Project activities included school feeding as well as health and nutrition activities.

Partners

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
U.S. Agency for International Development

Programs

Disaster Response
Health
Microfinance


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