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Afghanistan: Life Expectancy

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of levels of (a) infant mortality, (b) maternal mortality and (c) life expectancy in Afghanistan in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement. (166060)

The UK Government does not make its own assessment of mortality and life expectancy in Afghanistan, but uses data from surveys and analysis carried out by the Government of Afghanistan and international agencies. Because data quality on Afghanistan is poor, it is not possible to provide a breakdown of each year since 2001.

The Afghanistan human development report 2007, produced by the UNDP together with the University of Kabul, currently estimates the infant mortality rate in 2007 to be 135 deaths out of every 1,000 births. This compares to a health survey carried out in 2006 by the Government of Afghanistan with John Hopkins University which estimated the infant mortality rate to have been 165 deaths per 1,000 births in 2000.

The Afghanistan human development report 2007 estimates the maternal mortality rate to be 1,600 deaths per 100,000 births in 2007.

The Afghanistan Human Development Report 2007 estimates life expectancy in Afghanistan to be 43 years in 2007, and according to estimates by the UN and the Government of Afghanistan it was 47 years in 2005 and 43 years in 2001.