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WHO says life expectancy in Africa has grown 10 years longer: But Africans know better

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), life expectancy in Africa has grown significantly with people now living nearly 10 years longer than before.

In a report on Saturday by the UN health agency, a recent study it conducted has shown that life expectancy across the continent has risen from 46 years to 56 years, which is an improvement on a previous study it carried out 10 years ago.

The rise, according to the agency, is because of better access to health services in the continent, but noted that the numbers are “still well below the global average of 64 years”, according to the health agency.

The WHO said it analysed life expectancy data from 47 African countries between 2000 and 2019, and concluded that the rise of life expectancy in Africa was greater than any other region of the world, but warned the Covid pandemic could affect the gains.

In a tweet on its handle, the WHO said:

“Healthy life expectancy in the African region has increased on average by 10 years per person between 2000 and 2019,” it wrote.

In yet another tweet, the agency said:

“The 2022 report shows that healthy life expectancy or the number of years an individual is in a good state of health increased to 56 years in 2019, compared with 46 in 2000.”

“Improvements in the provision of essential #health services, gains in reproductive, maternal, newborn & child health, as well as progress in the fight against infectious diseases helped to extend healthy life expectancy.”

But the assessment by the global health agency may not be completely correct as most Africans still battling with access to health facilities as most countries are still dependent on donor agencies for their health needs.

Outbreaks of diseases in most impoverished African countries have been difficult to tackle without the help of foreign countries especially in sub-saharan Africa.

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UN peacekeeping mission to resume operations in Mali month after suspension

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Barely a month after the Malian junta suspended operations of UN peacekeeping troops on its soil, a spokesperson of the mission has confirmed that mission will resume again on Monday.

Malian authorities in a statement in July suspended all rotations of the military and police contingents of the United Nations Mission in Mali (UNMIS). The suspension was in continuation of its position of severing foreign relations, the suspension includes UN mission that are already scheduled.

The spokesperson said the mission and Malian authorities had agreed on a streamlined rotation procedure and that the mission’s request to resume rotations on Monday had been accepted.

Mali’s foreign ministry could not be immediately reached for comment.

Relations between Mali and troop-contributing countries remain strained. On Friday, Germany said it was suspending its military reconnaissance mission, which provides intelligence to MINUSMA, after Malian authorities withheld a flight clearance

Mali under the current Junta of Colonel Goita has been on a thread of breaking diplomatic relations with allies.

It started by breaking defense alliance with the French, the junta also quit the anti-jihadist force, G-5 force but has enjoyed good relationship with Russia.

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15 African migrants found dead in the Libyan-Sudan border desert

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At least 15 African migrants were found dead on Saturday in the desert on the Libyan borders with Sudan, with authorities saying the tragedy involved migrants seeking a better life in Europe while perilous journeys through the deserts and the Mediterranean Sea.

The discovery of the victims was made by the Libyan Department for Combating Irregular Migration, in the southeastern city of Kufra, which said the migrants were on their way from Sudan to Libya when their vehicle broke down due to lack of fuel.

The agency, in a statement, said nine other migrants survived while two remain missing in the desert.

It added that there were women and children among the migrants, but did not elaborate on how many they were.

It also did not reveal causes of the migrants’ death, but said they did not have enough food and water.

“All the migrants were Sudanese, from a country in turmoil for years. The migrants likely attempted to reach western Libya in efforts to board trafficking boats to Europe,” the department said on its Facebook page.

In June, the Libya authorities had also discovered bodies of 20 migrants in the sprawling Kufra desert who they said died of thirst after their vehicle broke down close to the border with Chad.

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