Women Dying Younger in South Africa

Women are dying younger in South Africa, in contrast to women around the world whose life expectancy in general is increasing.

According to the World Health Organization, women in South Africa now are only expected to live an average of 55 years, compared to 59 years in 2000, and 68 years in 1990.

In a report released Friday, the WHO said men in South Africa also have a shorter life span, down to 54 years from 59 years in 1990, although the numbers were not that different from 2000.

Globally, life expectancy at birth in 2009 was 68 years, ranging from 57 years in low-income countries to 80 years in high-income countries.

-VOA reports