Source: World Development Indicators and World Health Organization (WHO) Global Health Estimates Note: Causes of death by communicable diseases and maternal, prenatal and nutrition conditions are grouped together by WHO.
As Emi Suzuki wrote last week, the causes and patterns of death rich and poor countires vary and they're changing. But what about the gender dimension?
. Globally, women's life expectancy remains about 3 years longer than men's, and you see the data for different countries in the interactive chart below:
Source: World Development Indicators
You might remember reading about what the statistic "life expectancy at birth" really means. What the data above tell us is how long a newborn can expect to live assuming "mortality patterns" at the time of its birth remain constant in the future. But what are these "mortality patterns"?
To get some idea, we can looking at the data another way using "survival curves". The chart below shows estimates of what proportion of men and women can expect to survive to different ages in different countries. We've selected Swaziland to give an example of a country where high maternal mortality rates and high HIV prevalence among females contribute to the share of women surviving to ages 25 - 65 being lower than the share of men.
While men and women can expect to die at different ages, there are also differences in the causes of death., while . There are further differences when you look at individual regions:
In Sub-Saharan Africa about 72 percent of women aged 15-34 who died, died due to communicable diseases and maternal conditions, and.
In Europe & Central Asia and Middle East & North Africa about 50 percent of young adult women who died, died due to non-communicable diseases. However, in these two regions more than 50 percent of young adult males died due to injury.