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North America  
** Health **
 

  1. Life expectancy (1990-95) 
    • Canada: Women (81 years old); Men (74 years old)
    • USA: Women (79 years old); Men (73 years old)
      Sources: Wistat (Nations Unies)

  2. Increase in Life expectancy (1970-75 à 1990-95) 
    • Western Europe and other developed regions, including North America: 4 years (women); 4 years (men)
      Sources: Wistat (Nations Unies)

  3. Countries where women life expectancy goes beyond 80 years old 1990-95 
    • Canada: 81 years old
      Sources: United Nations

  4. Child mortality rate (1970-75 to 1990-95) 
    • Canada:
      16 deaths for 1000 successful births (1970-75);
      7 deaths for 1000 successful births (1990-1995)
    • United States:
      18 deaths for 1000 successful births (1970-75);
      8 deaths for 1000 successful births (1990-1995)
      Sources: Nations Unies

  5. Current general frequency of female genital organs mutilation in some countries 
    • Frequency estimated at 70 % or more : Nil
    • Frequency estimated at 50-60 % : Nil
    • Frequency estimated at à 20-30 % : Nil
    • Frequency estimated at 5-10 % : Nil
      Sources: Fran Hosken, (The Hosken Report) & Nahid Toubia

  6. Seropositivity among men and women up to mid-1994
    • North America:
      Estimated number of seropositive adults : more than 1 million
      Total estimated number of AIDS cases : 450,000
      Estimated percentage of women among seropositives : 14-17 %
    • World
      Estimated number of seropositive adults : more than 16 millions
      Total estimated number of AIDS cases : 3 millions
      Estimated percentage of women among seropositives : 40 %
      Sources: WHO (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 
    • CANADA: 73 %
    • USA: 74 %
      Sources: United Nations

 

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