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10 facts on health inequities and their causes

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Life expectancy varies by 36 years between countries

In low-income countries, the average life expectancy is 57, while in high-income countries, it is 80. A child born in Malawi can expect to live for 47 years while a child born in Japan can expect to live 83 years.

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