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Global Life Expectancy Grows But Gaps Remain Between High-, Low-Income Nations

News outlets continue to cover the WHO’s report on global life expectancy.

Reuters: Global life expectancy rises again, but new challenges loom
“…Big advances in the battles against infectious diseases such as measles, malaria, tuberculosis and polio have continued to extend life expectancy although other factors, such as people’s lifestyles, are constraining longevity, the WHO said in its annual statistics report…” (Miles, 5/15).

U.N. News Centre: Life expectancy rising, but U.N. report shows ‘major’ rich-poor longevity divide persists
“…Nevertheless, nearly 18,000 children worldwide died every day in 2012, according to the findings, with large inequities remaining in child mortality between high-income and low-income countries. ‘There is still a major rich-poor divide: people in high-income countries continue to have a much better chance of living longer than people in low-income countries,’ said Director-General of the U.N. World Health Organization (WHO) Margaret Chan…” (5/15).