|Life expectancy in Africa grows by 10 years
Life expectancy in Africa rose by nearly 10 years in the years between 2000 and 2019. The average age an African could expect to live to be rose from 46 to 56. The WHO said the rise was the best of anywhere in the world. However, it was still far below the global average of 64 years. The figures are from the WHO's State of Health in Africa report. This says the improvement is because of better maternal and child healthcare, advances in fighting infectious diseases (such as malaria and HIV), and easier access to health services.