Higher life expectancy for all but gaps between regions remain

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Portrait of an elderly woman in Suai Loro, Timor-Leste. 2011. UN Photo/Martine Perret

People everywhere are living longer, according to the latest global health statistics published by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Based on worldwide averages, the report shows that a girl who was born in 2012 can expect to live to around 73 years, and a boy to the age of 68.

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

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

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