Life expectancy at birth

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Life expectancy at birth in Cameroon was estimated at 54 years in 1990. It rose from 51 years in 2000 to 57.3 years in 2015. In 2015, life expectancy is 2.7 years higher for women than men. Compared to other countries, Cameroon had a better life expectancy at birth than the average for Central African countries (ECCAS) and for Sub-Saharan Africa Respectively 53 and 50 years. 25 years later, the country’s life expectancy at birth is lower than the average for each of the sub-regional groupings (59 years for ECCAS and 60 years for sub-Saharan Africa). Meanwhile, the average life expectancy at birth in the world has increased from 64 years in 1990 to 71.4 years in 2015.

Through poverty reduction; implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) and behaviour improvement and a better response to epidemics and disasters, life expectancy at birth can improve in the coming decades in Cameroon.