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Global life expectancy has risen, reports WHO

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 16 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3369
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

Life expectancy has increased around the world, with a girl born in 2012 expecting to live to 73 years on average and a boy to 68 years, show new figures from the World Health Organization.1

The 2012 figure is an increase of six years from 1990, said the report, which also showed that low income countries had made the greatest gains in life expectancy.

Liberia has seen a 20 year rise in life expectancy (from 42 years in 1990 to 62 in 2012); Ethiopia and the Maldives a 19 year rise (from 45 to 64 and 58 to 77, respectively, in the same period), and Cambodia an 18 year rise (from 54 …

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