The Latest on Life Expectancy

Some encouraging news came with words of warning from the WHO: Global life expectancy climbed 5.5 years from 2000-2016, the UN health agency said yesterday.

Progress against diseases like malaria contributed to a dramatic drop in under-5 deaths; considerable advances against HIV/AIDS helped too.

But, WHO stressed, income inequality, access to health care and gender differences mean much shorter lives for many.

In Lesotho, for example, the average person lives to be 52; compared to 83 in Switzerland and 84 in Japan.  

Japan Times

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