Part of the low average life expectancy we see in Nigeria is due to high child mortality rates. Child mortality rates affect how life expectancy is calculated.
I wondered about this for sometime, until today, when I was watching the David Rubenstein show on Bloomberg. He interviewed Dr. Anthony Fauci, a US Medal of Freedom recipient, who leads the US government’s premier institute researching infectious diseases. He mentioned child mortality issues re: life expectancy calculations. I thought, oh wow, right.
Go here for some info on Nigeria’s child mortality issues:
Other notable points from the Bloomberg show:
- The US still sees between 38-40,000 new HIV infections every year.
- The African American population is about 12% of the total US population, but sees 45-50% of those new HIV infections. [Seriously? What’s up with that?]. This statistic is anecdotally similar to what a UK based test doctor indicated to me regarding British Blacks. They were also seeing the bulk of new infections in that community.
- The US Africa HIV health program has saved 14-15m sub Saharan African lives. Thanks Americans, for your generosity.
- Dr. Fauci: “I really like what I do.” [I like that!].
- There are still major challenges in medicine: we need HIV & Ebola vaccines, etc.
- A leader should carefully articulate the vision. Hire the best people & stay out of their way.