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  • 7/17/2010

Iran life expectancy above world average

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While the average life expectancy in the world is 67 years, Iran’s rate is six percent above the world average at 72 years, says a high-ranking health official in Iran.

In a workshop on life expectancy in faculty of Medicine in Shiraz University, Dr Kamran Baqeri Lankarani, the head of the Center of Research for Health Polices in the Iranian Fars Province, said, "Life expectancy in some advanced countries is more than 82 years, and Iran can cover these 10 years of difference with certain precautions."

He mentioned that life expectancy is one of the three main factors considered for human development as it is linked to health system and health in the society.

"The other two factors are literacy and average income. Iran is ranked seventh among the middle-ranking countries in the world, for which we should reach the level for advanced countries at the end of the five-year plan," he added.

Lankarani said the provinces of Tehran and Gilan have the highest life expectancy in Iran while the lowest belongs to Sistan and Baluchestan.

"While the range of life expectancy in countries such as the UK is 20 years, this range in Iran is about 10 years which means improvement in this field in our country is plausible."

According to ISNA, life expectancy in Iran has increased to 72 years from 56 years after the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

Factors such as health care for the elderly, child mortality rate, and death due to accidents are considered as other factors related to life expectancy.

Source: presstv.ir

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