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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.

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WWF - Global Photo Network // Flickr

#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)

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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)

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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)

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Jialiang Gao // Wikicommons

#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)

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District // Wikicommons

#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)

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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)

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U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nesha Humes

#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)

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oledoe // Flickr

#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)

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Adam Jones // Flickr

#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)

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Pixabay

#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)

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Public Domain Pictures

#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)

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Christopher Michel // Flickr

#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)

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Wikicommons

#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)

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David Stanley // Flickr

#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)

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United States Department of Defense

#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)

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CIAT // Flickr

#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)

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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)

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GoodFreePhotos

#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)

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Photo By Lance Cpl. Devan Gowans // USMC

#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)

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Max Pixel

#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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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USAID in Africa // Flickr

#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)

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Pixnio

#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)

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Ikiwaner // Flickr

#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)

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Gary Bembridge // Flickr

#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)

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Master Sgt. Michael O'Connor // Flickr

#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)

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Wegmann // Wikicommons

#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)

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CIDSE // Flickr

#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)

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H. Grobe // Wikicommons

#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)

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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)

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Doublearc // Wikicommons

#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)

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site Internet de Yannick Michelat // Wikimedia Commons

#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)

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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)

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Peek Creative Collective // Shutterstock

#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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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World Humanitarian Summit // Flickr

#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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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DG ECHO // Flickr

#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)

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hdptcar // Flickr

#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)

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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)

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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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