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Bahamas flagBahamas

Location: Northwestern West Indies
Population: 393,248 (2020)
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The Bahamas is located on the edge of the Indies. Bahamas comes from the Spanish word that means shallow water. It is located in an area that is close to the Gulf of Mexico and Central America. When Christopher Columbus was exploring the world, he ran into the Bahamas. Most of the population on the Bahamas is of African descent. There is also a small portion of mixed people that are of African and European descent. People in the Bahamas have been able to maintain a nice lifestyle due to the rush of tourists from North America. The capital of the Bahamas is Nassau. This city is located on Providence Island. The average temperature is the low 70’s in the winter going up to the low 80’s in the summer. This island is full of forest. There are many types of vegetation and animals found in this area.

In 2016, Bahamians were able to register for free primary health care. This was possible under the National Health Insurance (NHI) program that is partly funded by the government. The aim is to deliver accessible, affordable, and quality healthcare for the benefits of all Bahamians. There are a total of 28 health centers, 33 main clinics and 25 satellite clinics.

At the end of 2017 there were 5,287 people living with HIV in the Bahamas. It is stated that around four percent of the adult population from age ranges 15-49 is infected with HIV. The country has made progress with getting this number down. They released the Strategic Plan that was made in the 80’s. Since this plan has been instilled, the fatality rate associated with AIDS has declined by more than 70%. As of 2019 there was a 1.68% prevalence of HCV in the Bahamas.

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