All in Africa: The World’s 13 Highest-Mortality Countries

M'Poko camp in Central African Republic

Despite remarkable reductions in mortality, 13 sub-Saharan African countries — 1 out of every 20 people in the world — have yet to achieve life expectancies at birth of 55 years, the global average attained a half century ago. These highest-mortality countries, with Somalia leading the list, are more than 15 years behind the world’s … Read more

At the UN’s Yearly Meeting on Women, Scrutinizing the Slow, Patchy Gains on Equality

Two decades after the world’s largest gathering of women adopted an ambitious plan to improve if not legalize gender equality, women are marginally better off in many walks of life, depending on the country and urban versus rural regions. Progress has been documented across a range of categories, but setbacks have spoiled overall advances. That … Read more

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