Over the last 25 years, life expectancy in Rwanda has risen from an average of 23 in 1990-1995 to 63 in 2010-2015. Improvement in life expectancy is a result of interventions over the past decade to fight against the leading causes of death in Rwanda, including malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. It is projected that life expectancy will steadily improve to reach an average of 70 years by 2025-2030.
Rwanda’s population is predominantly young, a trend that is likely to persist into the future. Over 60% of the population is projected to be below 30 years of age in 2030 while people aged 60 years and above to comprise of just over 6% of the population. The total population of the country is projected to increase to 16 million in 2030 up from 12 million in 2015 representing over 30% growth over the 15-year period.
This story was originally published as an IPC Datashot on 17 Jan 2017. Data: United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.