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  • Countries with the worst life expectancy
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    Countries with the worst life expectancy

    From the discovery of penicillin in 1928 to the first use of an artificial heart in 1969, the past 100 years have been filled with incredible advancements in the field of medicine and overall quality of life for billions of people all around the world. As a result, Americans (and many other nations) are living longer - the average life expectancy has more than doubled in the past 100 years, an astounding number for such a short period of time.

    Unfortunately, not all modern advancements - in medicine, technology, and elsewhere - have been extended to all global citizens, and the World Health Organization’s most recent 2017 report tells a harrowing story of how life expectancy changes from country to country.

    In 2014, life expectancy in the U.S. hit an all time high, at 78 years and 9 ½ months. As WHO’s report shows, many countries have average life expectancies more than 20 years shorter, a fact that dozens of NGO’s across the globe are aiming to help with. To spread more awareness of how stark a contrast there is across the globe, Stacker analyzed the World Health Organization’s 2017 report, which compiles life expectancy data and data on health-related sustainable development goals. All data used is from 2015, except for road traffic mortality rate (from 2013), pollution mortality rate (from 2012), and % of government expenditures going to global health (from 2014).

    Read on to see the 50 countries with the lowest average life expectancy across the globe.

  • #50. Gabon
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    #50. Gabon

    Life expectancy: 66 years (Male: 64.7 years; Female: 67.2 years)
    Total population: 1,725
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 291 (#41 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 50.8 (#43 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 22.9 (#47 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 50.1 (#97 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 7.4 (#24 lowest)

  • #49. Namibia
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    #49. Namibia

    Life expectancy: 65.8 years (Male: 63.1 years; Female: 68.3 years)
    Total population: 2,459
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 265 (#43 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 45.4 (#52 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 23.9 (#42 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 48 (#99 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 13.9 (#72 lowest)

  • #48. Botswana
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    #48. Botswana

    Life expectancy: 65.7 years (Male: 63.3 years; Female: 68.1 years)
    Total population: 2,262
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 129 (#64 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 43.6 (#55 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 23.6 (#44 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 39.1 (#107 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 8.8 (#32 lowest)

  • #47. Yemen
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    #47. Yemen

    Life expectancy: 65.7 years (Male: 64.3 years; Female: 67.2 years)
    Total population: 26,832
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 385 (#30 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 41.9 (#56 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 21.5 (#50 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 61.3 (#83 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 3.9 (#4 lowest)

  • #46. Lao People's Democratic Republic
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    #46. Lao People's Democratic Republic

    Life expectancy: 65.7 years (Male: 64.1 years; Female: 67.2 years)
    Total population: 6,802
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 197 (#51 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 66.7 (#31 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 14.3 (#90 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 108.3 (#25 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 3.4 (#2 lowest)

  • #45. Madagascar
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    #45. Madagascar

    Life expectancy: 65.5 years (Male: 63.9 years; Female: 67.0 years)
    Total population: 24,235
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 353 (#34 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 49.6 (#45 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 28.4 (#16 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 85.2 (#52 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 10.2 (#43 lowest)

  • #44. Ethiopia
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    #44. Ethiopia

    Life expectancy: 64.8 years (Male: 62.8 years; Female: 66.8 years)
    Total population: 99,391
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 353 (#34 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 59.2 (#37 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 25.3 (#33 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 57.4 (#87 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 15.7 (#85 lowest)

  • #43. Rwanda
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    #43. Rwanda

    Life expectancy: 64.8 years (Male: 61.9 years; Female: 67.4 years)
    Total population: 11,610
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 290 (#42 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 41.7 (#57 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 32.1 (#8 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 68.6 (#72 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 9.9 (#40 lowest)

  • #42. Congo
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    #42. Congo

    Life expectancy: 64.7 years (Male: 63.2 years; Female: 66.3 years)
    Total population: 4,620
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 442 (#25 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 45 (#53 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 26.4 (#27 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 93.2 (#40 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 8.7 (#31 lowest)

  • #41. Eritrea
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    #41. Eritrea

    Life expectancy: 64.7 years (Male: 62.4 years; Female: 67.0 years)
    Total population: 5,228
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 501 (#20 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 46.5 (#51 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 24.1 (#40 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 84.9 (#54 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 3.6 (#3 lowest)

  • #40. Syrian Arab Republic
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    #40. Syrian Arab Republic

    Life expectancy: 64.5 years (Male: 59.9 years; Female: 69.9 years)
    Total population: 18,502
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 68 (#82 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 12.9 (#116 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 20 (#59 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 30 (#121 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 4.8 (#8 lowest)

  • #39. Sudan
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    #39. Sudan

    Life expectancy: 64.1 years (Male: 62.4 years; Female: 65.9 years)
    Total population: 40,235
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 311 (#40 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 70.1 (#27 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 24.3 (#38 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 64.5 (#78 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 11.6 (#54 lowest)

  • #38. Djibouti
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    #38. Djibouti

    Life expectancy: 63.5 years (Male: 61.8 years; Female: 65.3 years)
    Total population: 888
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 229 (#45 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 65.3 (#32 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 24.7 (#35 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 81.8 (#57 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 14.1 (#74 lowest)

  • #37. Comoros
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    #37. Comoros

    Life expectancy: 63.5 years (Male: 61.9 years; Female: 65.2 years)
    Total population: 788
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 335 (#37 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 73.5 (#25 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 28 (#18 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 73.5 (#63 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 8.7 (#31 lowest)

  • #36. Haiti
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    #36. Haiti

    Life expectancy: 63.5 years (Male: 61.5 years; Female: 65.5 years)
    Total population: 10,711
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 359 (#33 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 69 (#29 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 15.1 (#87 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 115.2 (#22 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 6.1 (#15 lowest)

  • #35. Kenya
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    #35. Kenya

    Life expectancy: 63.4 years (Male: 61.1 years; Female: 65.8 years)
    Total population: 46,050
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 510 (#19 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 49.4 (#46 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 29.1 (#15 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 60 (#84 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 12.8 (#62 lowest)

  • #34. Mauritania
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    #34. Mauritania

    Life expectancy: 63.1 years (Male: 61.6 years; Female: 64.6 years)
    Total population: 4,068
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 602 (#14 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 84.7 (#20 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 24.5 (#36 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 64.6 (#77 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 6 (#14 lowest)

  • #33. South Africa
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    #33. South Africa

    Life expectancy: 62.9 years (Male: 59.3 years; Female: 66.2 years)
    Total population: 54,490
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 138 (#62 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 40.5 (#58 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 25.1 (#34 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 51.6 (#93 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 14.2 (#75 lowest)

  • #32. Papua New Guinea
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    #32. Papua New Guinea

    Life expectancy: 62.9 years (Male: 60.6 years; Female: 65.4 years)
    Total population: 7,619
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 215 (#48 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 57.3 (#38 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 16.8 (#76 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 46.3 (#102 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 9.5 (#36 lowest)

  • #31. Ghana
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    #31. Ghana

    Life expectancy: 62.4 years (Male: 61.0 years; Female: 63.9 years)
    Total population: 27,410
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 319 (#38 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 61.6 (#35 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 26.2 (#29 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 80 (#60 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 6.8 (#19 lowest)

  • #30. Uganda
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    #30. Uganda

    Life expectancy: 62.3 years (Male: 60.3 years; Female: 64.3 years)
    Total population: 39,032
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 343 (#35 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 54.6 (#40 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 27.4 (#23 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 70.5 (#70 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 11 (#49 lowest)

  • #29. United Republic of Tanzania
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    #29. United Republic of Tanzania

    Life expectancy: 61.8 years (Male: 59.9 years; Female: 63.8 years)
    Total population: 53,470
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 398 (#27 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 48.7 (#47 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 32.9 (#6 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 51.4 (#94 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 12.3 (#59 lowest)

  • #28. Zambia
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    #28. Zambia

    Life expectancy: 61.8 years (Male: 59.0 years; Female: 64.7 years)
    Total population: 16,212
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 224 (#47 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 64 (#34 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 24.7 (#35 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 65.4 (#76 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 11.3 (#52 lowest)

  • #27. Niger
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    #27. Niger

    Life expectancy: 61.8 years (Male: 60.9 years; Female: 62.8 years)
    Total population: 19,899
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 553 (#17 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 95.5 (#10 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 26.4 (#27 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 111.7 (#24 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 5.6 (#11 lowest)

  • #26. Liberia
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    #26. Liberia

    Life expectancy: 61.4 years (Male: 59.8 years; Female: 62.9 years)
    Total population: 4,503
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 725 (#7 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 69.9 (#28 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 33.7 (#4 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 71.3 (#67 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 11.9 (#57 lowest)

  • #25. Gambia
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    #25. Gambia

    Life expectancy: 61.1 years (Male: 59.8 years; Female: 62.5 years)
    Total population: 1,991
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 706 (#9 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 68.9 (#30 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 29.4 (#13 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 71.2 (#68 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 15.3 (#82 lowest)

  • #24. Zimbabwe
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    #24. Zimbabwe

    Life expectancy: 60.7 years (Male: 59.0 years; Female: 62.3 years)
    Total population: 15,603
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 443 (#24 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 70.7 (#26 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 28.2 (#17 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 52.9 (#92 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 8.5 (#30 lowest)

  • #23. Afghanistan
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    #23. Afghanistan

    Life expectancy: 60.5 years (Male: 59.3 years; Female: 61.9 years)
    Total population: 32,527
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 396 (#28 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 91.1 (#16 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 15.5 (#83 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 114.8 (#23 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 12 (#58 lowest)

  • #22. Benin
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    #22. Benin

    Life expectancy: 60 years (Male: 58.8 years; Female: 61.1 years)
    Total population: 10,880
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 405 (#26 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 99.5 (#8 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 27.7 (#20 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 92.6 (#42 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 9.6 (#37 lowest)

  • #21. Burkina Faso
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    #21. Burkina Faso

    Life expectancy: 59.9 years (Male: 59.1 years; Female: 60.5 years)
    Total population: 18,106
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 371 (#31 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 88.6 (#18 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 30 (#12 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 96.5 (#37 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 11.2 (#51 lowest)

  • #20. Togo
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    #20. Togo

    Life expectancy: 59.9 years (Male: 58.6 years; Female: 61.1 years)
    Total population: 7,305
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 368 (#32 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 78.4 (#24 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 31.1 (#11 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 81.1 (#58 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 7.8 (#26 lowest)

  • #19. Democratic Republic of the Congo
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    #19. Democratic Republic of the Congo

    Life expectancy: 59.8 years (Male: 58.3 years; Female: 61.5 years)
    Total population: 77,267
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 693 (#10 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 98.3 (#9 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 33.2 (#5 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 118.5 (#19 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 11.1 (#50 lowest)

  • #18. Burundi
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    #18. Burundi

    Life expectancy: 59.6 years (Male: 57.7 years; Female: 61.6 years)
    Total population: 11,179
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 712 (#8 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 81.7 (#21 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 31.3 (#10 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 106.5 (#26 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 13.2 (#65 lowest)

  • #17. Guinea
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    #17. Guinea

    Life expectancy: 59 years (Male: 58.2 years; Female: 59.8 years)
    Total population: 12,609
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 679 (#11 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 93.7 (#12 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 27.3 (#24 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 89.3 (#48 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 9 (#33 lowest)

  • #16. Swaziland
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    #16. Swaziland

    Life expectancy: 58.9 years (Male: 56.6 years; Female: 61.1 years)
    Total population: 1,287
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 389 (#29 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 60.7 (#36 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 24.2 (#39 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 62.6 (#82 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 16.6 (#89 lowest)

  • #15. Guinea-Bissau
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    #15. Guinea-Bissau

    Life expectancy: 58.9 years (Male: 57.2 years; Female: 60.5 years)
    Total population: 1,844
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 549 (#18 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 92.5 (#15 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 27.5 (#22 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 106.5 (#27 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 7.8 (#26 lowest)

  • #14. Malawi
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    #14. Malawi

    Life expectancy: 58.3 years (Male: 56.7 years; Female: 59.9 years)
    Total population: 17,215
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 634 (#13 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 64 (#33 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 35 (#3 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 72.7 (#65 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 16.8 (#91 lowest)

  • #13. Equatorial Guinea
    39/ Embassy of Equatorial Guinea // Flickr

    #13. Equatorial Guinea

    Life expectancy: 58.2 years (Male: 56.6 years; Female: 60.0 years)
    Total population: 845
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 342 (#36 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 94.1 (#11 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 22.9 (#47 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 99.3 (#33 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 7 (#22 lowest)

  • #12. Mali
    40/ Ferdinand Reus // Wikicommons

    #12. Mali

    Life expectancy: 58.2 years (Male: 58.2 years; Female: 58.3 years)
    Total population: 17,600
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 587 (#16 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 114.7 (#6 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 25.6 (#31 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 117.1 (#20 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 7 (#22 lowest)

  • #11. Mozambique
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    #11. Mozambique

    Life expectancy: 57.6 years (Male: 55.7 years; Female: 59.4 years)
    Total population: 27,978
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 489 (#21 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 78.5 (#23 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 31.6 (#9 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 65.7 (#75 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 8.8 (#32 lowest)

  • #10. Cameroon
    42/ World Humanitarian Summit // Flickr

    #10. Cameroon

    Life expectancy: 57.3 years (Male: 55.9 years; Female: 58.6 years)
    Total population: 23,344
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 596 (#15 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 87.9 (#19 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 27.6 (#21 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 91.8 (#44 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 4.3 (#6 lowest)

  • #9. South Sudan
    43/ US Army Africa // Flickr

    #9. South Sudan

    Life expectancy: 57.3 years (Male: 56.1 years; Female: 58.6 years)
    Total population: 12,340
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 789 (#5 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 92.6 (#13 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 27.9 (#19 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 95.1 (#38 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 4 (#5 lowest)

  • #8. Somalia
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    #8. Somalia

    Life expectancy: 55 years (Male: 53.5 years; Female: 56.6 years)
    Total population: 10,787
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 732 (#6 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 136.8 (#3 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 25.4 (#32 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 116.9 (#21 highest)

  • #7. Nigeria
    45/ Robert // Flickr

    #7. Nigeria

    Life expectancy: 54.5 years (Male: 53.4 years; Female: 55.6 years)
    Total population: 182,202
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 814 (#4 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 108.8 (#7 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 20.5 (#55 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 99 (#34 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 8.2 (#29 lowest)

  • #6. Lesotho
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    #6. Lesotho

    Life expectancy: 53.7 years (Male: 51.7 years; Female: 55.4 years)
    Total population: 2,135
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 487 (#22 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 90.2 (#17 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 28.2 (#17 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 80.4 (#59 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 13.1 (#64 lowest)

  • #5. Côte d'Ivoire
    47/ Krishna // Flickr

    #5. Côte d'Ivoire

    Life expectancy: 53.3 years (Male: 52.3 years; Female: 54.4 years)
    Total population: 22,702
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 645 (#12 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 92.6 (#14 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 24.2 (#39 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 90.7 (#46 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 7.3 (#23 lowest)

  • #4. Chad
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    #4. Chad

    Life expectancy: 53.1 years (Male: 51.7 years; Female: 54.5 years)
    Total population: 14,037
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 856 (#3 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 138.7 (#2 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 24.1 (#40 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 124.2 (#17 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 9 (#33 lowest)

  • #3. Central African Republic
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    #3. Central African Republic

    Life expectancy: 52.5 years (Male: 50.9 years; Female: 54.1 years)
    Total population: 4,900
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 882 (#2 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 130.1 (#4 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 32.4 (#7 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 97 (#36 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 14.2 (#75 lowest)

  • #2. Angola
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    #2. Angola

    Life expectancy: 52.4 years (Male: 50.9 years; Female: 54.0 years)
    Total population: 25,022
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 477 (#23 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 156.9 (#1 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 26.9 (#26 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 105.8 (#28 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 5 (#10 lowest)

  • #1. Sierra Leone
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    #1. Sierra Leone

    Life expectancy: 50.1 years (Male: 49.3 years; Female: 50.8 years)
    Total population: 6,453
    Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births): 1360 (#1 highest)
    Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 120.4 (#5 highest)
    Road traffic mortality rate (per 100,000 people): 27.3 (#24 highest)
    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution (per 100,000 people): 143.8 (#7 highest)
    Percent of government spending going to public health: 10.8 (#47 lowest)

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