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Zimbabwe's Life Expectancy Now 64.7 Years

Zimbabwe's Life Expectancy Now 64.7 Years

Zimbabwe’s life expectancy has increased to 64.7 years from 60.7 years in the last decade with women living longer than men, official statics show.

Life expectancy refers to the number of years a person can expect to live and it is based on an estimate of the average age that members of a particular population group will be when they die.

According to the Zimbabwe National Statistical Agency (ZIMSTAT) 2022 Population and Housing Census (PHC) Preliminary Report on Mortality and Orphanhood released on Tuesday, people live longer in urban areas than in rural areas.

The Report on Mortality and Orphanhood was presented by ZIMSTAT director general, Taguma Mahonde. He said:

During the height of the HIV, and AIDS pandemic, Zimbabwe’s life expectancy fell to 44 years in 2002. It jumped to 60 in 2012 and then now stands at 64.7 in 2022.

Life expectancy at birth was higher in urban areas (65.5 years) than in rural areas (63.3 years).

Life expectancy at birth was 64.7 years for both sexes combined.

Females had a higher life expectancy (68.0 years) than males (61.2 years).

ZIMSTAT said the Crude Death Rate in 2012 was 10 per 1 000 and in 2022 and now it stands at 8 per 1000 people.

Crude death rate indicates the number of deaths occurring during the year, per 1000 population.

United Nations Population Fund Zimbabwe Programmes Specialist for Population and Development, Piason Mlambo, said life expectancy increase could be due to the decrease in death rate. He said:

Life expectancy is computed from mortality or death rate. So, if the death rate is coming down, from the data which has been presented, then life expectancy is increasing.

The explanation is life expectancy is increasing because the mortality or death rate is decreasing.

Mlambo said Zimbabwe’s population growth, which rose from 13 million in 2012 to 15 million in 2022, is attributable to health interventions such as the introduction of ARVs, alongside immunisation and vaccination. He said:

When life expectancy took a dip, which was in 2002 when we were at the peak of our Aids-related deaths and it (life expectancy) was at around 45 years.

But from there with the introduction of ARVs, people are now living longer with the condition.

Factors that are contributing to the increase in life expectancy include the declining HIV prevalence and several coordinated socio-economic interventions involving scaling up of early infant diagnosis and access to paediatric ARVs treatment. This has now seen a gradual rise in life expectancy.

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18 Comments

From Chikurubi 2 weeks ago

Its a life expectancy yeva Zanu iyo. Nenhamo yatinayo unogona kungofa at 25 ne depression


The King of Serpents 2 weeks ago

Taura hako iwe, those statistics are fake, it's all about cleansing the Zimbabwean image internationally. Ndikasvika 40 years dzekurarama, ndototi Mwari kudzwai.

Citizen raPep naChamisa 2 weeks ago

Haiwawo vanhu veZanu ndivo vanotofa early avo😂madrug peddlar mayouths acho haa


Doug 2 weeks ago

With such a life expectancy, how many of those alive today will be there to enjoy after the promised 2030? What are those who tell us that they will still be there doing to make it there when they are already well over the average life expectancy? With this information on life expectancy, would it be wrong to say that pension funds are stealing money from workers knowing well through their actuaries that the average of pensioners will only enjoy half a year's pension payment after paying to the fund for their entire working life? Retirement age = 65 years versus Life Expectancy = 65.5 years!


The King of Serpents 2 weeks ago

Kuretire nekubva wafa. Pakaipa, saka pension yacho is useless, apa inenge iri 2 USD per month.

Ras 2 weeks ago

Mwari ndivo vanoziva, guess work yakaipa


Zuze 2 weeks ago

ZANU is good at manufacturing statistics to suit themselves. This time let me assist them mbichana.

Average annual earnings at independence in 1980 was ZW$360. In 2022 the average annual income is now ZW$720,000 (@ZW$60,000 per month), a 2 000% increase. Thanks to ZANU inspired growth in industry, tourism, mining, and most of all our highly successful land reform programme


VYBZ KARTEL 2 weeks ago

Zvirikukonzereswa ne masanction akanokumbirwa na chamisa na biti they have caused untold suffering mgido two iyoyi.


The King of Serpents 2 weeks ago

Ngwarai vanhu veZimbabwe. Munoda kusvika rinhi muchinyeperwa kunzi masanctions, Inga muri vanhu vakuru wani.

Chipoko chaQueen 2 weeks ago

Nebrain dzinofunga soo, chenjera kutadza kana kupfuura 30

Tickey 2 weeks ago

Maiweeeeee zvangu!!!!
Huyai mutinzwire zviri pano!
Increase in life expectancy is caused by sanctions manje!!

Ingutsheni....
Ngomahuru..
muripiko munhu asati abata demo nekupedza vanhu uyu.
Please kasikai kuzomutora

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cde Chipopi 2 weeks ago

Ndiwo ma stats ekunyepa manje iwayo bcoz life expectancy is determined by ma living standards e vanhu munyika macho. Muno kutosvika 50yrs unenge wato wanirwa nyasha


The King of Serpents 2 weeks ago

50? Ndikasvika 50 ndinosiya zvese zvakaipa, ndokumbira ruregerero kune vose vandakatadzira.

Sorojena 2 weeks ago

From my last visit at Athlone Cemetery reading from the burial epitaphs, I found out that the generation y is phasing out so early at a fast rate. Yes we might have the medication to improve life but hunger stalks leaving the helpless youths indulging in drugs and prostitution. More people are dying at thirties.

LOGIC 2 weeks ago

Please ****ise....vanhu warikurwara and they won't tell uu...yeke yeke haisi bhoo


@econet 2 weeks ago

Anyone akuziva kuti chii chirikuitika kana bundle rewhatsapp re econet richienda pa facebook. Ndatambura ini ratopera so. I never bought bundle re facebook


pk 2 weeks ago

waita error. watenga internet bundle

Stats 2 weeks ago

Garbage in Garbage out.



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