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Asia & Pacific
** Health ** 

 

  1. Life expectancy (1990-95) 
    • East Asia: Women (74 years old); Men (70 years old)
    • South-East Asia: Women (64 years old); Men (60 years old)
    • South Asia: Women (58 years old); Men (58 years old)
    • Central Asia: Women (72,5 years old) ; Men (65 years old)
    • Western asia: Women (72,5 years old); Men (67 years old)
      Sources: Wistat (United Nations)
  2. Increase in life expectancy (1970-75 à 1990-95) 
    • East-Asia: 10 years (women); 9 a years (men)
    • South-East Asia: 9 years (women); 8 years (men)
    • South Asia: 10 years (women); 8 years (men)
    • Western asia: 11 years (women); 9 years (men)
      Sources: Wistat (United Nations)
  3. Countries where women's life expectancy is at less than 50 years (1990-95) 
    • AFGHANISTAN: 44
    • BHUTAN: 49
    • EASTERN TIMOR: 46
      Sources: United Nations
  4. Child Mortality Rate (1970-75 à 1990-95) 
    • East Asia:
      50 deaths for 1000 successful births (1970-75);
      25 deaths for 1000 successful births (1990-1995)
    • South-East Asia:
      100 deaths for 1000 successful births (1970-75);
      58 deaths for 1000 successful births (1990-1995)
    • South Asia:
      137 deaths for 1000 successful births (1970-75);
      88 deaths for 1000 successful births (1990-1995)
    • Central Asia:
      38 deaths for 1000 successful births (1990-1995)
    • Western Asia:
      80 deaths for 1000 successful births (1970-75);
      33 deaths for 1000 successful births (1990-1995)
      Sources: United Nations
  5. Current general frequency of women's genital organs mutilation in some countries 
    • Frequency estimated at 70 % or more : Nil
    • Frequency estimated at 50-60 % : Nil
    • Frequency estimated at 20-30 % : Nil
    • Frequency estimated at 5-10 % : Nil
      Sources: Fran Hosken, (The Hosken Report) & Nahid Toubia
  6. Seropositivity among women & men (up to mid-1994) 
    • South Asia & South-East Asia:
      Estimated number of seropositive adults :more than 2,5 millions
      Estimated total number of AIDS cases : 250,000
      Estimated percentage of women among seropositives : 25-33 %
    • World
      Estimated number of seropositive adults : more then 16 millions
      Estimated total number of AIDS cases : 3 millions
      Estimated total number of AIDS cases: 40 %
      Sources: World Health Organization (The HIV/AIDS pandemic: 1994 overview)
  7. Percentage of the utilization of contraception among married women in age of procreating (1990) All contraceptive methods included 
    • AFGHANISTAN: ...
    • ARMENIA: 22%
    • AZERBAIDJAN: 17%
    • BAHRAIN: 53%
    • BANGLADESH: 40%
    • BHUTAN: 2%
    • BRUNAI: ...
    • CAMBODIA: ...
    • CHINA: 83%
    • CYPRUS: ...
    • EASTERN TIMOR: ...
    • GEORGIA: 17%
    • HONG-KONG: 81%
    • INDIA: 43%
    • INDONESIA: 50%
    • IRAN: 65%
    • IRAQ: 14%
    • ISRAEL: ...
    • JAPAN: 64%
    • JORDAN: 35%
    • KAZAKHSTAN: 30%
    • KOREA (NORTH): ...
    • KOREA (SOUTH): 79%
    • KUWAIT: 35%
    • KYRGYZ REP.:: 31%
    • LAOS: ...
    • LEBANON: ...
    • MACAO: ...
    • MALAYSIA: 48%
    • MALDIVES: ...
    • MONGOLIA: ...
    • MYANMAR: 13%
    • NEPAL: 23%
    • OMAN: 9%
    • PAKISTAN: 12%
    • PHILIPPINES: 40%
    • QATAR: 32%
    • SAUDI ARABIA: ...
    • SYRIA: 52%
    • SINGAPORE: 74%
    • SRI LANKA: 62%
    • TAJIKISTAN: 21%
    • THAILAND: 66%
    • TURKEY: 63%
    • TURKMENISTAN: 20%
    • UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: ...
    • UZBEKISTAN: 28%
    • VIETNAM: 53%
    • YEMEN: 7%
      Sources: United Nations

The statistics used here are from the United Nations, The World' Women 1995 - Trends and Statistics (United Nations publications, Sales No. E.95XII.2
(In French, F.95. XII.2) and are quoted with permission. Further information on United Nations gender statistics may be found at the
United Nations Statistics Division's Internet home page http://www.un.org/Depts/unsd

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