(by Andegna.com) A World Health Organization (WHO) report released this May says life expectancy in Ethiopia is now 64.8, which puts the country 16th in the Life Expectancy Ranking in Africa.
Ethiopia’s neighbors, Kenya 22nd with 63.4 and Somalia is 47th with 55 whereas Ghana is 25th with 62.4, and Nigeria is 48th with 54.5.
According to the WHO report, life expectancy in Africa is rising twice as fast as the rest of the world, that, since the year 2000 the rate has risen by almost 10 years in the continent.
It has increased by 5 years between 2000 and 2015, the fastest increase since the 1960s, globally. Those gains reverse declines during the 1990s, when life expectancy fell in Africa because of the AIDS epidemic and in Eastern Europe following the collapse of the Soviet Union, says Report.
In Africa, now the average person can expect to live to 60 years of age. This is driven mainly by improvements in child survival, progress in malaria control and expanded access to antiretrovirals for treatment of HIV. However, that is still 20 years less than a person’s life expectancy in one of 29 high-income countries.
Algeria sits at the top of the list with an average life expectancy of 75.6 years. Sierra Leone is at the bottom with 50.1 years.
North Africa and the continent's island nations are places where people live longest in Africa.
1. Algeria - 75.6
2. Tunisia - 75.3
3. Mauritius - 74.6
4. Morocco - 74.3
5. Cape Verde - 73.3
6. Seychelles - 73.2
7. Libya - 72.7
8. Egypt - 70.9
9. Sao Tome - 67.5
10. Senegal - 66.7
Image: rural man in Ethiopia/one.org