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Women live 4 years longer than men in city

The average life expectancy of Shanghai women last year was 84.67 years - 4.49 years longer than the local men and 0.23 years more than in 2010.

The city’s maternal mortality rate, which includes migrant women, fell from 9.61 per 100,000 in 2010 to 7.1 per 100,000 last year, local officials said yesterday while highlighting the achievements under the 2011-2015 five-year plan on the protection and care of 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, 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.

Both rates were on par with those of developed countries due to rising medical capability and people’s higher health awareness, said officials from Shanghai Health and Family Planning Commission.

Life expectancy and the maternal and infant mortality rates are the three main indicators of the level of medical services and living standards.

The involvement of economy, politics, culture and education, physical and psychological health, family and welfare, and rights protection are key aspects for women’s protection, while health, education, welfare, safety and social environment are the key elements for children’s healthy growth. “Shanghai is bettering its education. Both the education opportunity and quality of women and children are rising,” said Jiao Yang, president of the Shanghai Women’s Federation.



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