Tanzanians are assured two more years of life as the expectancy age is reported to be up by two years, from 53 to 55, the National Assembly was told yesterday.
Deputy Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Dr Seif Seleman Rashidi made the announcement while responding to a supplementary question posed by Singida East MP, Tundu Lissu, who had wanted to know the current Tanzanian life expectancy.
The minister cited improved living standards and welfare status of Tanzanians as the key reasons behind the rise. Experts are giving more credit to improved medical care and drop of malaria and HIV cases.
In fact, the 2011 Human Development Report (HDR), not only posts a higher life expectancy for Tanzanians, but stipulates that the country is the leading in the East African Community with life expectancy at 58.2 years.
The United Nations Development Programme, UNDP has Kenya a little behind Tanzania with life expectancy of 57.1 years and Rwanda follows with 55.4 years. Ugandans are next with 54.1 years and Burundians with 50.4 years.
HDR with Human Development Indices (HDI) also reports that Tanzania has improved some important indicators like Life Expectancy, Mean Years of Schooling and Gross National Income (GNI) per capita, which shows that the countr y is experiencing an upward trend in terms of welfare development.
According to the report, “Sustainability and Equity: 1980-2011” Tanzania’s life expectancy at birth has increased by 7.7 years, mean years of schooling increased by 2.6 years and expected years of schooling increased by 1.8 years.