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At Medical Ambassadors International we build relationships with the world’s most vulnerable people and together we work to heal communities both physically and spiritually.
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The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is the global humanitarian organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Through an international network, ADRA delivers relief and development assistance to individuals in more than 130 countries—regardless of their ethnicity, political affiliation, or religious association. By partnering with communities, organizations, and governments, ADRA ...See More is able to improve the quality of life of millions through 9 impact areas. Show Less
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With an economy based on agricultural exports, Uruguay is very vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Small-scale rural farm production suffers the most. In recent years, the average temperatures across Uruguay have risen three degrees Celsius. The rising temperatures have caused an increase in both the frequency and the intensity of floods and droughts. The estimated economic losses in the agricultural sector from climate change were anywhere from $750 million USD to $1 billion USD. To help ease the severity of the effects, Uruguay has developed the National Agricultural Information System in order to consolidate all information that would help farmers plan for their crops.1 The Uruguayan government purchased around $450 million worth of climate insurance that is intended to protect the economy from ...See More the negative effects of droughts and rising oil prices. The insurance is incredibly critical in Uruguay, since the majority of their power comes from hydraulics and, if the water levels are low, the only option left is fossil fuels.2 From 2015-2017, hundreds of thousands of people in Uruguay were affected by heavy flooding.3 Show Less

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1 http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2014/03/20/adaptacion-cambio-climatico
2 http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2013/12/19/seguro-climatico-uruguay
3 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-40171998
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Geography

Southern South America, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Argentina and Brazil
Area

Total 176,215 sq km
Land 175,015 sq km
Water 1,200 sq km

Climate

warm temperate; freezing temperatures almost unknown
Natural Resources

arable land, hydropower, minor minerals, fish ;
Natural Hazards

seasonally high winds (the pampero is a chilly and occasional violent wind that blows north from the Argentine pampas), droughts, floods; because of the absence of mountains, which act as weather barriers, all locations are particularly vulnerable to rapid changes from weather fronts
Current Environmental Issues

water pollution from meat packing/tannery industry; inadequate solid/hazardous waste disposal

Demographics

Nationality
Uruguayan
Population
3,324,460 (July 2013 est.)
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Finances

Uruguay has a free market economy characterized by an export-oriented agricultural sector, a well-educated work force, and high levels of social spending. Following financial difficulties in the late 1990s and early 2000s, economic growth for Uruguay averaged 8% annually during the period 2004-08. The 2008-09 global financial crisis put a brake on Uruguay's vigorous growth, which decelerated to 2.6% in 2009. Nevertheless, the country managed to avoid a recession and keep positive growth rates, mainly through higher public expenditure and investment, and GDP growth reached 8.9% in 2010 but fell to about 3.5% in 2012, the result of a renewed ...See More slowdown in the global economy and in Uruguay's main trade partners and Common Market of the South (Mercosur) counterparts, Argentina and Brazil. Uruguay has sought to expand trade within Mercosur and with non-Mercosur members. Uruguay''s total merchandise trade with Mercosur since 2006 has increased by nearly 70% to more than $5 billion while its total trade with the world has almost doubled to roughly $20 billion. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$54.67 billion (2012 est.); $52.67 billion (2011 est.); $49.83 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

16.5% of GDP (2012 est.); 16.3% of GDP (2011 est.); 16.4% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

soybeans, rice, wheat; beef, dairy products; fish; lumber, cellulose
Industries

food processing, electrical machinery, transportation equipment, petroleum products, textiles, chemicals, beverages