South African life expectancy falls: WHO

2011-05-13 16:05

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.

  • Barry M - 2011-05-13 16:19

    Oh Cr@p - thats me done then. Bye!

  • nesquik458 - 2011-05-13 16:32

    54 if your lucky.....This is South Africa we talking about!!! We have another species roaming our streets and killing you before you reach that age!

  • JM - 2011-05-13 17:33

    Good example of how well a country is doing, increased life expectancy or decreased! Well this sucks!

  • Mac - 2011-05-13 17:40

    I have 1 year left!

  • AagTog - 2011-05-13 17:50

    So, I'm 53 and if I move to the US now, am I ok then?

  • Hugh - 2011-05-13 17:55

    Just look at the history book to see the the Average South african life span rose from 54 in 1948 to 1996. From then the rate has declined despite. Moreover history tells us that in that same period sections of the population increased way above the Africa average.

  • jock van wyk - 2011-05-13 18:06

    try and explain that to the thousands of babies that die due to our bad hospitals in south africa

  • FreemanEC - 2011-05-13 18:35

    CIA factbook puts us at 216 out of 222, one below Zim.

  • Chris - 2011-05-14 07:21

    I stil find it hard 2 biliev ths kinda stuff. Nobody knws ths kinda things except GOD Himself. Or mayb thy ryt most people depend on drugs legal or illegal doesnt realy matter 2 me. So it makes it easy to do their math on yo life expectancy. Oh nt 2 forget geneticly modified food we r being fed. Man thts just sad. Bt wat cn i say ths is th kinda freedom or should i say free doom we hv been dreaming of. Ths world is so messd up.

  • Wes - 2011-05-14 07:41

    Well I must be dead already

  • Anonymous Thinker - 2011-05-14 08:25

    Guess we don't have to worry about retirement then...we'll be did before it's time to retire. This is if we even live to be that age and not get killed by some murderer,rapist,robber first.

      Anonymous Thinker - 2011-05-14 08:26

      oops...meant to say DEAD, not did. (to early without coffee)

  • coolwaynie - 2011-05-14 12:26

    Average life expectancy declined from 62 years in 1990 to 50 years in 2007; it is projected to fall even further by 2011, to 48 years for men and 51 for women, according to the Institute's annual South Africa Survey. The authors note that among 37 developed and developing countries, South Africa is one of only six where life expectancy fell between 1990 and 2007, with only Zimbabwe showing a steeper decline.

  • Chanelle Birch - 2011-05-14 15:38

    More money in pocket. I can cancel my expensive RA's now!!!

  • Errol - 2011-05-14 17:50

    Cant wait too go to heaven, Tide of this sick world...

  • guy.mullins1 - 2012-09-02 18:24

    Does the B Team realize that this is their most relevant score-card Dead Man Walking

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