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Women are living longer than men

The world has witnessed major gains in life expectancy in recent decades, with women living longer than men, a new study has shown.

This is six years longer than the average global life expectancy for a child born in 1990, the study says.

The survey bearing data collected from 194 countries and released yearly by the World Health Organisation (WHO) since 2005 indicates that low-income countries have made the most significant progress, with an increase of nine years of average life expectancy between 1990 and 2012.

This translates to a move from 51.2 to 60.2 years for men and 54.0 to 63.1 years for women.

“This has been achieved despite the ongoing HIV pandemic affecting many low-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa,” the report says.

The top six countries that made the greatest progress in extending life expectancy were Liberia, Ethiopia, Maldives, Cambodia, Timor-Leste and Rwanda.