April 16, 2019 10:44
Life expectancy in South Korea is 11 years longer than in North Korea's, the UN Population Fund said Monday.
South Koreans' life expectancy is 83 years and North Koreans' an estimated 72. In 1969, there was only one year's difference, but by 1994 that had widened to five.
The widening gap is due to the North's poor medical infrastructure and nutrition. The World Health Organization in a recent report warned that preventable and curable diseases have a huge effect in low-income countries.
One is tuberculosis. In 2017, 63 out of every 100,000 people in North Korea died from tuberculosis, the third-worst record in the world after Mozambique (73 people) and the Central African Republic (68).
North Korea's infant mortality rate was 14 per 100,000 babies in 2017, three times higher than South Korea's. The World Food Programme last month said 43 percent of North Korea's population suffers from malnutrition.
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