Life expectancy in Rwanda is expected to be over 70 by 2030, up from 50 in 2000

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.

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