The global life expectancy has increased by 5.5 years between the year 2000 to and 2016, from 66.5 to 72.0 years,according to WHO. The results were released as a part of WHO’s Global Health Statistics this year.
Healthy life expectancy at birth also has increased between 2000 to 2016 from 58.5 years to 63.3 years respectively. Healthy life expectancy at birth is the number of years one can expect to live in full health.
The report revealed that the life expectancy remains strongly affected by income. Life expectancy between lower and higher income countries showed a gap of 18.1 years. This means that the poorest countries had 18.1 year lower life expectancy compared to richest countries. One in every 14 children born in low-income country will die before their fifth birthday, explains the report.