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(NPR)   Life expectancy in Afghanistan has gone from 45 to 62, thanks to things like vaccines and fewer suicide bombers   (npr.org) divider line 2
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2014-02-04 10:19:41 AM
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freewill: PunGent: So, the article says infant deaths are down, but doesn't actually give a source for the increase in longevity stat.  (yes, I know one can lead to the other, but the article doesn't give a source).

You'll have to excuse me, but I'm gonna take any statistics out of Afghanistan with a HUGE grain of salt...particularly when the take-away is they want more of my tax dollars.

I would imagine that the assumption is that surviving infants will have similar lifespans to other surviving infants and die of similar causes, which is reasonable since it is unlikely that vaccinated children will become disproportionate magnets for other or novel causes of death. Simply by not dying, they're blowing out the curve.

The good news is, after they grow up they can blow out other things!
2014-02-04 09:00:15 AM
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Downside: you have to live those extra years in Afghanistan.
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