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WHO’s annual statistics report on life expectancy

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday said the global life expectancy has increased. The report, titled “World health statistics 2014″ and released by WHO, based on global averages, stated that a girl who born in 2012 can live up to around 73 years, and a boy up to the age of 68.

The officials said that this increase in life expectancy was due to medical advances for treating infectious diseases, such as measles, malaria, tuberculosis and polio.

The annual statistics report showed that low-income countries have made the greatest progress, with an average increase in life expectancy by 9 years from 1990 to 2012, higher than the global average increase level of six. According to the study, the top six countries where life expectancy increased the most were Liberia, Ethiopia, Maldives, Cambodia, Timor-Leste and Rwanda.

The longest life expectancy at birth is for women in Japan, at 87 years, and men in Iceland, at 81.2 years. Japan, Switzerland, Singapore, Italy and Luxembourg rank in the top 10 for both sexes.

In a statement, the WHO director general Margaret Chan said that global life expectancy has improved so much especially because fewer children are dying before their fifth birthday. However, people in high-income countries continue to have a much better chance of living longer than people in low-income countries.

The WHO report found that the lowest life expectancy was in sub-Saharan Africa with less than 55 years for both male and female. Overall, the report shows that the human life expectancy increased over the years and does not appear to slow down.

 

The gLAWcal Team

Friday, May 16, 2014

(Source: WHO)