Malawi moves up on human development Index, life expectancy now 63.9 – UN

Malawi has made “slight” improvement in its Human Development Index ranking over the previous year and ranks 170 among the 188 countries surveyed for human development, a new UN report has said.

File photo: Minister of Labour, Henry Mussa with UN Resident Coordinator, Mia Seppo during the launch of Human Development Report

Mia tweeted on HDI

The report, released annually by the United Nations Development Programme,  indicates that  Malawi’s Human Development Index (HDI)—a composite index of life expectancy, education and income—improved between 1990 and 2015 from 0.325 to 0.476, an increase of 46.4 percent, an indication that the quality of life marginally improved during the period.

UN resident coordinator Mia Seppo tweeted:“Malawi ranks 170/188 countries, Slight improvement in Human Development Index with life expectancy at birth now 63.9 up from 62.8 last year.,”

Malawi’s HDI rank value stood at 0.476 which put the country in the low human development category.

Its life expectancy at birth stood at 63.9 years an increase  by 20.1 years,  and the Gross National Income (GNI) per capita $1,073 decreased by about 27.2 percent between 1990 and 2015, the report said.

Malawi’s  expected years of schooling  is 10.8 years  increased by 5.4 years.while mobility and communication is at 9.3, according to the report.

Titled Human Development for Everyone, the report authored by the Director of the Human Development Report Office Selim Jahan, said that one in three people worldwide continue to live at a low level of human development.

Women and girls are systematically excluded by economic, political, social and cultural barriers, according to the report measured by the Human Development Index – a ranking of countries based on strides made with a peace-centric model of progress.

“Women tend to be poorer, earn less, and have fewer opportunities in most aspects of life than men,” it said.

The report also points to “dangerous practices,” such as female genital mutilation and forced marriage, which continue to hamper the development of women and their inclusion in society.

In addition to women and girls, the report points to “patterns of exclusion and lack of empowerment” of people in rural areas, indigenous peoples, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, migrants and refugees, and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community.

The report calls for far greater attention to empowering the most marginalised in society, and recognises the importance of giving them greater voice in decision-making processes.

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1 thought on “Malawi moves up on human development Index, life expectancy now 63.9 – UN”

  1. The Analyst says:

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    Life expectancy now at 63.9? Wow!
    . . . Yes, the HDI may have improved but only a mad person will celebrate yesterday’s victories when today he/she is wallowing in seemingly ceaseless and embarrassing defeats.
    . . . You see, this statistic covers the period 1990 to 2015 (which coincided with Bingu’s era when ARVs were made accessible even by the common man and thus pushed the life expectancy, when Malawi’s economic growth was second only to Qatar).
    . . . Sadly, just like in heaven where one is punished/rewarded for their current godly-standing (notwithstanding their past); we live in the present.
    . . . As such, no any patriotic Malawian will celebrate this improvement in HDI when he/she knows that recently Malawi was declared the poorest country in the world, as its per capita income hit the rock bottom.
    . . . No any sane politician or citizen of Malawi will rejoice an improvement in HDI when conditions in the health sector are moving from bad to worse: no malaria drugs, ambulances grounded (for lack of funds for fuel), nurses on strike, no doctors in hospitals, no electricity in the theater etc.
    . . . Nobody, wearing the right frame of mind, will have to smile this statistic (HDI), as the higher education is in total disarray now – strikes, no fees or accommodation for students etc.
    . . . Otherwise, only madness will see someone celebrate (someone else’s) yesterday’s victories forgetting his/her own defeats today.
    ………………………………………………
    Truth is, “Aggregate statistics can sometimes mask important information.” – Ben Bernanke. What needs to be done (by authorities) however is to:
    . . . Make essential drugs available in hospitals now and in the days to come.
    . . . Let quantity in higher education be balanced with quality, for its all lost now.
    . . . Create a conducive environment for people to improve their economic well-being (pockets).
    And without imposing order where there is no order (as we are doing now), HDI will improve, and the sane will celebrate, osati izizi iai.
    O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O

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