A very thought provoking article in the Washington Post questions the use of ‘life expectancy’ statistics , suggesting that “the years you will spend living free of disease and disability on average” is a more appropriate measurement.
The basis for the article is a study carried out by The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation who reached the following conclusion:
Despite the fact that people around the world are living longer, they’re also expected to spend more time suffering from diseases and other conditions
Reasons why people get sick around the world differ, of course. However, the University of Washington researchers said several factors played a disproportionately big role, including “per capita income, population age, fertility rates, and years of schooling.”
So whereas these factors can help in predicting differences regarding maternal disorders for instance, they don’t apply to cardiovascular diseases or diabetes.
When we look at things from a maternal health / rights perspective we are again faced with the challenge of a dysfunctional system leading to inequality.
Read the full article here:
The Washington Post