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Egypt's life expectancy increases by 3 years (2006-2014)

According to CAPMAS the life expectancy for males increased from 66.5 to 69.7 and increased for females from 69.1 to 72.5

Ahram Online, Tuesday 30 Sep 2014
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Egypt's human life expectancy has increased in 2014 from 2006, with elderly men and women expected to live more than an extra three years.

According to a report issued by the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS), the survival ratio for males increased from 66.5 to 69.7 and increased for females from 69.1 to 72.5.

The life expectancy increase reflects improvements in health services, particularly for the elderly, the report states. The number of elderly care institutions has also increased by 26.4 percent in 2012 in comparison to the previous year.

The report highlights that the percentage of smokers among the elderly decreased from 16.5 percent in 2010/2011 to 15.2 percent in 2012/2013, reversing an increasing trend from 10.8 percent to 11.2 in 2010/2011 and 2012/2013 respectively.

The report also stated that the elderly were 6.9 percent of the total population in 2013 (6.7 from males, 7.1 from females), and is expected to increase to 11.5 in 2031.

According to a mortality bulletin in 2013, mortality rate for elderly persons has reached 58.8 percent of total deaths.

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