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Zambia’s life expectancy up from 37 to 43

Time Posted: January 5, 2012 9:15 am

Zambia’s life expectancy has risen from 37 to 43 years, partly due to various medical interventions, Ministry of Health spokesperson Kamoto Mbewe has said.

The Ministry of Health has also made significant strides in fighting Tuberculosis (TB) in the country.

Dr Mbewe said the improvement was mainly due to the many milestones his ministry has made in fighting pandemics such as HIV and AIDS which had previously reduced the life expectancy in Zambia.

In response to a press query on Tuesday, Dr Mbewe said the infection rate of TB has drastically dropped.

“The main reason for the reduction in the TB infection rate is the introduction of the National TB Control Programme, which focuses on addressing the problem and implementation of the TB control strategy in a consistent and effective manner,” Dr Mbewe said.

He said other factors that have led to a decline in the number of TB cases, include a good monitoring and evaluation system, quality assured drugs for patient management and care as well as availability of effective treatment.

Dr Mbewe said global health initiatives such as the Global Fund have also helped to reduce the prevalence rate of TB, as more resources for treating the disease are readily available.

He also said good programme management has led to a rise in the successful treatment of TB patients which in 2000 stood at 66 percent but rose to 86 percent in 2010.

Dr Mbewe said this is because many cases were identified early and treated successfully. The transmission rate of TB has also reduced in the communities.

He said because of the current interventions the Ministry of Health has embarked on combating TB, HIV and AIDS and other related illnesses.

He however said the burden of TB is still high despite the strides made so far, adding that there is need for more efforts in dealing with TB in children and prisons.

Dr Mbewe said laboratories should be well equipped so that many TB, HIV and AIDS cases can be detected early.

[Zambia Daily Mail]


  1. +2
    flag Analyst says: Analyst
    January 5, 2012 at 9:53 am |

    ba Mbewe…you cant predict life expectancy….what are you doing about road mishaps,mine accidents…the list is endless…only God knows and no human being can openly say blah blah blah…just talk about the medical progress you have made in the ministry of health…not life expectancy my bro!!!!!

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      flag EXTREMEcritic says: EXTREMEcritic
      February 28, 2013 at 4:07 am |

      this is scientific, not retardistic!

  2. vote
    flag Champ says: Champ
    January 5, 2012 at 10:01 am |

    So now people will only die 22 years before the proposed retirement age?

  3. vote
    flag yezyani says: yezyani
    January 5, 2012 at 10:11 am |

    good news,#2 yu cracked my ribs,as bembas wud say “yu ave clacked my libs”.

    1. vote
      flag THE DON says: THE DON
      January 5, 2012 at 12:54 pm |

      very funny my dear,am sure you like us bembas. awe yalikosa

    2. vote
      flag Tyke Myson says: Tyke Myson
      January 6, 2012 at 12:50 am |

      thats even a better joke, lol

    3. vote
      flag EXTREMEcritic says: EXTREMEcritic
      February 28, 2013 at 4:06 am |

      is this a SERIOUS conversation about SERIOUS things like it should?

  4. +1
    flag Smoking Gun says: Smoking Gun
    January 5, 2012 at 10:21 am |

    Thanks to the former MMD government which worked honestly and very hard to achieve this milestone.People of Zambia should not expect less from these kaponyas,who visionless.Lets keep them in check.Bravo MMD ,you are been vindicated by professionals not cheap liars.

  5. vote
    flag iron lady says: iron lady
    January 5, 2012 at 10:35 am |

    Let’s not politicise matters of life.just last year it was 37 and has risen by 6 years?????Nonsense bootlicking spokesman….what are the determinants of life expectancy…??the component of curative health is jst one…and you keep talking abt TB..what is our greatest burden of disease in Zambia iwe?do know how many KM pipo walk to access medical atention in rural areas?and u say this has changed in a year?retract this article and give us good scientific analysis of this sudden change.or you are preparing us for justification to hike the retirement age as proposed by a….

  6. vote
    flag rudemonk says: rudemonk
    January 5, 2012 at 10:58 am |

    Cant understand this? So those of us who are still living after 47 years are actually dead theoretically. This is strange news that every Zambian is expected to live for 47 years only. And yet the PF Kaponyas still want the living dead to continue working even after 47 years. Zambia – the real Africa of confused theorists. Well after 47 years legalised term of living in Zambia according to Kamoto fimofimo its a matter of gate crushing into later years! Yaba!
    AMbewe spreading dull news as usual. I end here!

  7. vote
    flag Ricky Bobby? says: Ricky Bobby?
    January 5, 2012 at 11:06 am |

    Last time I checked (5 min. back), according to the CIA World Fact Book, life expectancy in Zambia was 52.36 years. Whereas the minister probably uses data up-dated once every 5 years hence the perceived big jump, the CIA up-dates at short regular intervals allowing for a more accurate prediction of the trends. Analyst @ 1, it’s time you changed your name – life expectancy is a statistic based on historical figures.

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    flag Ugly Truth says: Ugly Truth
    January 5, 2012 at 11:20 am |

    Does this mean all those characters in Govt masqurading as leaders are living posthumously?

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      flag EXTREMEcritic says: EXTREMEcritic
      February 28, 2013 at 4:03 am |

      yes, very!

  9. vote
    flag Ireena says: Ireena
    January 5, 2012 at 11:48 am |

    Organisations such as UNDP and World bank put Zambia’s life expectancy at 48 years. Zambia’s own CSO puts it at 50 years. Who is right?

  10. vote
    flag cruel man says: cruel man
    January 5, 2012 at 12:42 pm |

    viva MMD

  11. vote
    flag Statistics CIA WFB says: Statistics CIA WFB
    January 5, 2012 at 1:10 pm |

    total population: 52.36 years
    country comparison to the world: 207
    male: 51.13 years
    female: 53.63 years (2011 est.).

  12. vote
    flag Gokigo Milazhe says: Gokigo Milazhe
    January 5, 2012 at 1:21 pm |

    All these are the achievements of the past MMD government. This confirms everything I have been saying that the MMD left something positive. Let us see what PF will arrive in 2016 with, by the time of next elections. Ma-rubbish. Rupiah Banda messed up the MMD BIG TIME and he is probably the bigger ***** compared to Sata. HOWEVER, the MMD still has by far the more intelligent leaders compared to the PF chicken run govt.

  13. vote
    flag THE SAINT says: THE SAINT
    January 5, 2012 at 1:38 pm |

    Why do Zambian institutions use spokesmen?
    Statistics should be announced by the statisticians themselves, so that people can ask questions that they can answer. In any case, this is credit to the former MMD government. We wait to see the results after 20 years of PF what will happen. More money in your pockets is indirectly proportional to longevity in Zambia.

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      flag EXTREMEcritic says: EXTREMEcritic
      February 28, 2013 at 4:01 am |

      very corupt

  14. vote
    flag imbwa says: imbwa
    January 5, 2012 at 1:46 pm |

    Ba saint muli chipuba

  15. vote
    flag neto says: neto
    January 5, 2012 at 2:53 pm |

    Gee so ba MMD worked afterall ! Thumbs ups MMD. 103 days out of power and your works are still YEILDING results. VIVA MMD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. vote
    flag Champ says: Champ
    January 5, 2012 at 4:09 pm |

    Uh…. I wouldn’t get too carried away congratulating the MMD for its effective health policies – 43 years is still an appallingly low life expectancy. Apparently, I’m on borrowed time already.

  17. vote
    flag mumu says: mumu
    January 5, 2012 at 6:24 pm |

    is he God.

  18. vote
    flag Twapya says: Twapya
    January 5, 2012 at 8:20 pm |

    No 1 ANALYST.

    Those figures are calculated using the statistical data available from child births, morality rates, including traffic accidents. They arent predictions…..hahahahahahaaaa

  19. vote
    flag Kamukati says: Kamukati
    January 5, 2012 at 10:00 pm |

    Morality or mortality rates? Yes.

  20. vote
    flag Tyke Myson says: Tyke Myson
    January 6, 2012 at 12:52 am |

    milestone? lol. Anyway, it used to be higher before akashishi +compounded by FTJ selfishness.

  21. vote
    flag skillz says: skillz
    January 6, 2012 at 2:30 am |

    Toma ARV

  22. vote
    flag Harold Muna says: Harold Muna
    January 6, 2012 at 3:19 am |

    Stating that life expectancy is 43 does not mean no Zambian is expected to live beyond that age. Isn’t it obvious that this is extrapolated fom looking at the myraid of factors causing death, collarating the ages at which these deaths occur, assessing numbers of people in particular age groups e.t.c. and arriving at an average?

  23. vote
    flag Larry. says: Larry.
    January 6, 2012 at 4:51 am |

    There you go; things beginning to improve within 90 days as you were promised. Cheer up folks!

  24. vote
    flag Bruce says: Bruce
    January 6, 2012 at 9:15 am |

    :-?We need to know which cohort of people this life expectancy applies to, because cohorts have different life experiences interms of epidemics

  25. vote
    flag Alvinhno says: Alvinhno
    January 8, 2012 at 2:53 am |

    Ba MMD  you are bringing marubbish in here get over it! We havehad enough of your dirty mind. How much cash did your government misuse on  poor Zambian people in hearth system? What did the USA government promised you after you misused all the funds? Marubbish guys. I am not a PF supporter or rather do i stand for any political partie. Just doing my things here in Australia. I am sometime sad looking at the standered of our people who depends on katapa and tute making thier day. The current government needs our support to move our country. Get over it! Silly! 

  26. vote
    flag Thomas C. Stewart says: Thomas C. Stewart
    September 21, 2012 at 11:47 pm |

    Though these identical are less expensive evaluating to the unique ones, you will not differentiate anything between both of them

  27. vote
    flag EXTREMEcritic says: EXTREMEcritic
    February 28, 2013 at 3:59 am |

    why does this website have
    British spelling?!?

  28. vote
    flag Chinyama says: Chinyama
    November 9, 2013 at 5:43 pm |

    Using empirical data (2010 household deaths and populations), i think it is higher than the 43 yrs. Overally, it is about 51 yrs, 53 for females and 49 for males. It would be interesting to get figures from CSO.


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