Healthy life expectancy (HALE) is a measure of the average number of years a person can expect to live in good health. It is an important indicator of overall population health and wellbeing. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the global average healthy life expectancy at age 60 is around 70 years for both sexes. In recent years, there has been a significant increase in healthy life expectancy among African countries.
WHO reported that the average healthy life expectancy among Africans who live mainly in the continent's high- and upper-middle income countries has increased by almost 10 years. This is due to improved access to healthcare, better nutrition, and other factors. However, there is still a large disparity in healthy life expectancy between countries. For example, Japan has the highest healthy life expectancy at age 60, with an average of around 83 years for both sexes.
On the other hand, Sierra Leone has the lowest healthy life expectancy at age 60, with an average of around 48 years for both sexes. In addition to differences between countries, there are also differences between genders. Generally speaking, women tend to have a higher healthy life expectancy than men. This is due to a variety of factors such as biological differences and access to healthcare.
Overall, healthy life expectancy is an important indicator of population health and wellbeing. It is important to note that there are still large disparities in healthy life expectancy between countries and genders. Improving access to healthcare, nutrition, and other factors can help reduce these disparities and improve population health.