News tagged with poorest countries

Life expectancy rises in poor nations, UN reports

Life expectancy in the globe's poorest countries has risen by an average of nine years over the past two decades, thanks to major improvements in infant health, the United Nations said Thursday.

May 15, 2014
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UN: Rich countries advance women, poorest don't

Richer countries have made advances toward equality for women and provided greater access to sexual and reproductive health care over the past 20 years—but the poorest countries have made little progress, according to a ...

Feb 13, 2014
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'Diseases of affluence' spreading to poorer countries

High blood pressure and obesity are no longer confined to wealthy countries, a new study has found. These health risks have traditionally been associated with affluence, and in 1980, they were more prevalent in countries ...

Apr 09, 2013
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Child mortality in Niger plummets

Niger, one of the world's poorest countries, has bucked regional trends to achieve dramatic reductions in child mortality in recent years, according to a Countdown country case study published in The Lancet.

Sep 19, 2012
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