Dramatic fall in southern Africa’s life expectancy appears to have levelled off

By bne IntelliNews October 25, 2010
Adramatic fall in southern Africas life expectancy caused by AIDS in the 90s appearsto have levelled off, a UN report says. But the region is the only oneworldwide where life expectancy is currently lower than it was back then. From1990-95, life expectancy at birth in the region Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia,South Africa and Swaziland was 64 years for women and 59 for men. That fellin 2000-05 to 51 for women and 49 for men, but became 52 for women and 51 formen in 2005-10. The report cited the development and better availability of HIVtreatment for the slight improvement. In South Africa, at least 5.7mn peopleout of a total 50mn are infected with HIV and an estimated 1,000 people diedaily from AIDS-related complications, but the countrys ARV programme to treatthe disease is now the largest worldwide.

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