South African life expectancy falls: WHO
Geneva - Figures released on Friday by the World Health Organisation (WHO) show that life expectancy in South Africa fell to 54 years from 56. Female life expectancy dropped to 55 years from 59 years at the start of the century, bucking the global trend.
WHO says global average life expectancy increased to 68 years from 66 years in the period from 2000 to 2009.
However, life expectancy for South African men remained stable at 54.
The life expectancy among Iraqi men has gone down by three years, says WHO.
But it says the average life expectancy in Iraq fell to 66 from 68 years since the start of the century because of a sharp decline among men to 62 years from 65 years. It says Iraqi girls born in 2009 can still expect to live to 70-years-old, the same as nine years ago.