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Shanghai women’s life expectancy reaches 84.67 years

THE average life expectancy of locally registered females at birth reached 84.67 years last year, 4.49 years longer than male residents and 0.23 years longer than 2010 — the end of the previous five-year plan.

The city's maternal mortality rate including migrant women fell from 9.61 per 100,000 in 2010 to 7.1 per 100,000 last year. Local officials released the statistics today while introducing city measures to protect and care for women and children.

The infant mortality rate including migrant children dropped to 5.04 per 1,000 from 5.97 in 2010 with improved health care, broader health education and more awareness of prenatal care.

The mortality of children below five years old dropped to 3.35 per 1,000 last year from 3.92 per 1,000 in 2010.

The rates were on a par with those of developed countries, the bureau said.

Life expectancy and the maternal and infant mortality rates are the three main indicators of the level of medical services and people's living standards. All local figures are in line with developed countries.

Officials said Shanghai has been working hard to fulfill its five-year plan between 2011 and 2015 to better the health of women and children.

For women, key factors are the economy, politics, culture and education, physical and psychological health, family and welfare, and rights protection. The children, key elements are health, education, welfare, safety and social environment.


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