Life expectancy in Africa sees dramatic increases | DW News

Life expectancy in africa sees dramatic increases | dw news

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You can never really have too much of life and good health. And right now Africans are living longer, healthier lives. The World Health Organisation recently announced that healthy life expectancy on the continent has gone up from 46 years at the start of the millennium to 56 years in 2019. That’s almost ten extra years in which a person lives in a good state of health.

A key element is improving healthcare. For women, advancements in health services, like cancer screening, could lead to better AND timely treatment. The WHO estimated some 700,000 cancer deaths in Africa in 2020. In Cameroon, one physician has come up with a device that helps ease cervical cancer screening for women.

In Uganda, one doctor is winning the hearts of his patients at his private clinic. Timothy Okello lost his sight to an infection but he has not lost his medical expertise. In fact he’s thriving at his job and helping to fight stigma against the visually impaired.

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In This Story: Cameroon

Cameroon, officially the Republic of Cameroon, is a country in Central Africa and West Africa.

Cameroon is home to over 250 native languages spoken by nearly 25 million people. Cameroon became a German colony in 1884 known as Kamerun. In 1960, the French-administered part of Cameroon became independent. The southern part of British Cameroons federated with it in 1961 to form the Federal Republic of Cameroon. The federation was abandoned in 1972. The country was renamed the United Republic of Cameroon in 1972 and the Republic of Cameroon in 1984.

The official languages of Cameroon are French and English. Its religious population consists of 70.7% Christians and 24.4% Muslims. It is governed as a Unitary presidential republic and has good relations with the major powers of France, the United Kingdom and China.

The largest cities in population-terms are Douala on the Wouri River, its economic capital and main seaport, Yaoundé, its political capital, and Garoua.

The country is well known for its successful national football team.

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Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa whose diverse landscape encompasses the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains and immense Lake Victoria. Its abundant wildlife includes chimpanzees as well as rare birds. Remote Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a renowned mountain gorilla sanctuary. Murchison Falls National Park in the northwest is known for its 43m-tall waterfall and wildlife such as hippos.

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