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- Based on global averages, a girl who was born in 2012 can expect to live to around 73 years and a boy to the age of 68.
- Out of the global total of 35.3 million [32.2 million–38.8 million] people living with HIV, an estimated 3.6 million [3.2 million–3.9 million] are people aged 50 years or older.
- Ebola was first identified in Africa in the mid-1970s. An outbreak that began in March 2014 was the most serious so far. By 13 August 2014 it had killed more than 1,000 people across Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.
- According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cholera affects three to five million people worldwide and causes between 100,000 and 130,000 deaths per year.
- There are still 2.5 billion people, or over one third of the world’s population, without access to adequate sanitation.