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Table 2 Population Statistics for Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia [41]

From: Managing emerging transnational public health security threats: lessons learned from the 2014 West African Ebola outbreak

Characteristic Guinea Sierra Leone Liberia
Population 11,474,383 5,743,725 4,092,310
Population density per km2 40.9 79.4 40.4
Median age (years) 18·7 19 17·9
Infant mortality rate (deaths/1000 live births) 55·24 73·3 69·19
Health expenditures (% of GDP) 6 18·8 19·5
Physician density (physicians/1000 population) 0·1 0·02 0·01
Hospital bed density (beds/1000 population) 0·3 0·4 0·8
Literacy (% age 15+ can read and write) 41 43·3 60·8
Education expenditures (% of GDP) 2·5 2·9 2·8
Urbanization (% urban) 35·4 39·2 48·2
Religions Muslim 85%,
Christian 8%,
Indigenous beliefs 7%
Muslim 60%,
Christian 10%,
Indigenous beliefs 30%
Christian 85·6%,
Muslim 12·2%
Traditional 0·6%
Other 0·2%
None 1·4%
Ethnic groups Peuhl 40%,
Malinke 30%,
Soussou 20%,
other 10%
Temne 35%,
Mende 31%,
Limba 8%,
Kono 5%,
Kriole 2%,
Mandingo 2%,
Loko 2%,
Other 15%
Kpelle 20·3%,
Bassa 13·4%,
Grebo 10%,
Gio 8%,
Mano 7·9%,
Kru 6%,
Lorma 5·1%,
Kissi 4·8%,
Gola 4·4%,
other 20·1%