1. Chad– Chad has a life expectancy of 49.09 years. The number one cause of death in Chad is Influenza and Pneumonia. These are two diseases that are easily combatted in developed nations. Lack of health care is clearly a huge issue in Chad.
2. South Africa– Although SA is a more developed nation on the African continent, it still only has a life expectancy of 49.48, according to the CIA. HIV/AIDS has been a major issue in SA, as well as the huge economic gap between impoverished citizens and their wealthier counterparts. This also means lack of health care.
3. Guinea-Bissau– The life expectancy in Guinea-Bissau is 49.50. Most deaths are caused by Influenza and Pneumonia, and HIV infections. Once again, this demonstrates the problems of lack of health care.
4. Swaziland– The life expectancy here is 50.01. HIV/AIDS is the number one cause of death in Swaziland.
5. Afghanistan– Afghanistan’s life expectancy is 50.11. Influenza, Pneumonia, and war are amongst the highest causes of death. Not only is there a poor health care system, but there is also a lack of order, which continues to cause fatalities.
6. Central African Republic– HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death here producing a life expectancy of 50.90.
7. Somalia– There is no access to health care, and a lot of civil strife giving this nation a life expectancy of 51.19.
It is important to note that all of these nations are either in Africa or in the Middle East. More importantly, there is a common theme amongst them–lack of health care, civil order, and education (in regards to HIV) is extremely problematic, and many sources provide various estimates for life expectancies in these areas.
– Zachary Patterson