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Zimbabwe: Life Expectancy

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what information his Department holds on the average life expectancy of females of child-bearing age in Zimbabwe. (249686)

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimated in 2006 that the average female life expectancy in Zimbabwe was 34 years of age. This is the most recent estimate. There are no statistics on average life expectancy of women of child bearing age specifically in Zimbabwe. Recent demographic estimates suggest that women of reproductive age have a one in 16 lifetime chance of dying as a result of pregnancy and childbirth.

DFID is providing assistance to support the distribution of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) to over 40,000 people in 2009 of whom at least 55 per cent. are women. In addition, DFID is spending £25 million on reproductive and maternal health care to help women gain access to contraceptives, essential antenatal care, and emergency obstetric care in order to save lives and protect their health and the health of newborns. We are also working with the UN and others to support broader essential health services, bring the country’s worst ever cholera outbreak under control and to provide food aid to over five million Zimbabweans.