The World Health Organisation has released the 2018 life expectancy list.
According to the United Nations agency, there has been an increase in the number of Africans living longer and healthier lives.
This has been traced to the rise in the prevention, management and treatment of HIV-AIDS and malaria. These are the top five African countries with the highest life expectancy rate:
This African country has the highest life expectancy with people living as long as 75 years.
This could be attributed to the fact that it has a positive human rights record and is the most democratic country on the continent.
Second on the list is this East African country that is made of a cluster of 115 islands. Citizens of this nation live to be as old as 73 years.
Face2Face Africa reports the country currently enjoys stability, good education, quality healthcare and a high per capita income.
The third African country with the highest life expectancy rate is this former Portuguese colony.
Due to its health infrastructure, political and economic stability, citizens live as long as 73 years with women living longer than men, 75 and 71 respectively.
São Tomé and Príncipe
People live to be as old as 69 years in this island country, located in Central Africa, which is officially known as the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe.
97 per cent of the 200,000 people in this developing country have access to good water while 60 per cent with electricity.
Statistics from WHO show that citizens of this East African nation have the least life expectancy rate despite the life expectancy rate going up from 28 in the mid-1990s to 68 years. This has been attributed to healthy lifestyles.
It’s also been discovered that women live longer than men, with the female life expectancy being 69.9 compared to males with 66.1.
On the other hand, the top countries with the highest life expectancy globally are Monaco (89.37), Japan (85.52), Singapore (85.47), Macau (84.57) and San Marino (83.39).