New data from the fifth Population and Housing Census 2022 indicates that the life expectancy of Rwandans has improved from 51.2 years to 69.6 years.
The National Institute of Statistics on Monday released the latest census data showing that in 2002 life expectancy in Rwanda was 51.2 years but has risen to 69.6 years according to the census conducted last year.
It should be remembered that the World Bank in 2020 put Rwanda’s life expectancy at 67 years.
East Africans have a lifespan of slightly above 60 years, with Tanzanians coming second after Rwanda at 66 years, Kenya and Uganda at 63 years, Burundi at 61 years, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at 60 years.
Meanwhile, Africa’s youngest nation South Sudan has the lowest life expectancy at 55 years.
According to National Institute of Statistics, Rwanda’s total population has so far reached 13.2 million, compared to 10.5 million in 2012, with an annual growth rate of 2.3 percent.
From the total population figure, Rwanda has more females than males at 51.5 percent and 48.5 percent, respectively.