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AFRICAN HEALTH DIALOGUES: Life Expectancy in Africa

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This week's episode: Life Expectancy in Africa, has it improved or declined?

Life expectancy represents the average life span of a newborn and is an indicator of the overall health of a country. Life expectancy can improve by awareness education, discipline to maintain good health and welfare and can fall due to famine, war, disease and poor health.  Life expectancy is one of the best methods to determine a country’s societal performance standard.

Unfortunately, AIDS has taken its toll in Africa, Asia and even Latin America by reducing life expectancy in 34 different countries (26 of them in Africa). Africa is home to the world's lowest life expectancies with Swaziland (33.2 years), Botswana (33.9 years) and Lesotho (34.5 years) rounding out the bottom.

Between 1998 and 2000, 44 different countries had a change of two years or more of their life expectancies from birth and 23 countries increased in life expectancy while 21 countries had a drop.

Host: Dr. Ladi Owolabi
Host: Dr. Susanna Dodgson

Producer: Wale Idris Ajibade
Regular Contributor from the private sector: Mr. Folusho Obe
Quality control: Professor William Verdone
 

African Health Dialogues is a weekly health care discussion on AV radio about awareness, progress and gaps, costs and accessibility of medical /pharmaceutical products and services within the African and African Diaspora communities Worldwide.

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