Rising Global Life Expectancy is Closing the Gap in 2023

By Kinjoll Dey, 30 May, 2023

Life expectancy has increased all around the world and the gap between highly developed countries and rest of the world is gradually diminishing day by day. There are multiple factors leading to the global progress with good access to sanitation, healthcare, education and the fight against hunger. Fertility rates and the trend of nuclear families are also declining, and the rise of life expectancies globally is the main driver behind the ongoing transition.

According to the reports from the United Nations Population Division, global life expectancy at birth has risen up to 71.7 years in 2022 from 46.5 years in 1950 for both the sexes. It is further expected to rise to 77.3 years by 2050. To catch up the speed with North America and Europe, Asia is making rapid growth as a developing nation.

The survey report of United Nation reveals, the global life expectancy in 2023 was 76.0 years for females and 70.8 years for males, for an average of 73.4 years. In Western Africa, the life expectancy in 2023 was from a low of 57.7 years to a high of 82.7 years in Western Europe, according to the reports. Overall reports lay out that average life expectancy increased by 5.5 years globally, between 2000 and 2016, and highlighted by an increase of 10.3 years in parts of Africa. Reason behind the rise in life expectancy is due to the improvements the access to antiretroviral treatments for HIV/AIDS and the survival of children aged 0-5 years.

As per the data, life expectancy in Asia above 25 years cutting the gap between Europe and North America from more than 20 years to less than 10 years. Asia is supposed to reach life expectancy to almost 80 years by 2050. On the other hand, Africa is another region anticipated to lag behind in life expectancy from the rest of the world by 2050.

Life Expectancies in Southeast Asia in 2040
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