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Life Expectancy Rising in Africa – World Health Organization

20 May 2016 World


Life expectancy in Africa is rising twice as fast as the rest of the world according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO report says that since the year 2000 life expectancy in Africa has risen by almost 10 years.

“The world has made great strides in reducing the needless suffering and premature deaths that arise from preventable and treatable diseases,” said Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO. “But the gains have been uneven. Supporting countries to move towards universal health coverage based on strong primary care is the best thing we can do to make sure no-one is left behind.”

Now the average person on the continent can expect to live to 60 years of age. But that’s still 20 years less than a baby born in one of 29 high-income countries.

Dr Ties Boerma from the WHO told Newsday that one of the reasons is that immunisation has decreased child mortality.

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