Many diseases plague the Togolese people, including HIV/AIDS and Malaria, which is the leading cause of death in the nation. There are also some ethnic tensions between the people in the north and the south. Women are legally considered equal, but culturally they are still inferior and are discriminated against in the workplace and government programs. The society is extremely patrilineal. Agriculture is the largest economic sector and employs 65% of the workforce. The average daily income in Togo is under $1.25.
Life expectancy in Togo is about 60 years, and infant mortality is relatively high; but both statistics have been steadily improving over the past ten years.
Togo is a small sliver of land on the southern West African coast, bordered by Ghana to the west, Benin to the east and Burkina Faso to the north.