Many health problems stem from a lack of clean water as rising salinity and pollution affect underground water Bwabwa Oten, Kiribati's director of hospital services, says current annual population growth in Kiribati is close to 6 percent, with overcrowding a major contributor to disease and an infant mortality rate among the highest in the region.
The church plays an integral role in the South Pacific and efforts to limit birth rates have run into resistance.
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TUC) capital and main island of the Gilbert Group (pop.
30 000) Government: Type: Republic - parliamentary democracy. Terrain: Archipelagos of low-lying coral atolls surrounded by extensive reefs.
Young boys cover each other in reef-mud near the village of Ambo on South Tarawa in the central Pacific island.
Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level The island is spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean.