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The global burden of disease

THE prospects for a baby born in 2015 are much brighter than they were in 1990. Worldwide, an average girl can expect to live to 75 and a boy to 69, gaining seven years apiece. Life expectancy has risen in virtually every country, bar a handful that are blighted by war or disease, and the global mortality rate has plummeted by 28%. The reduction is in part due to tackling maternal and newborn health and infectious diseases, which accounted for a third of deaths in 1990.
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