Gains in Life Expectancy by Elimination of Specified Causes of Death in Pakistan

Syed Mubashir Ali, Zafar Mueen Nasir


Death is inevitable. However, efforts have always been made to
delay it. Due to the advancement in medical science, the developed
countries have succeeded in achieving a considerable increase in the
life expectancy of the people. On the other hand, the developing
countries are striving hard to follow the same trend. but with lesser
success. Constrained by limited resources, health planners have been
compelled to set priorities towards the elimination of widespread fatal
diseases. The cause specific death rates can provide a measure of the
most widely prevalent diseases in the region. An age and cause specific
death rate, would give a more refined measure of the same. However, in
order to measure the gain in life expectancy by elimination of specific
causes of death, the use of the life table technique would be an
appropriate one. For example, if 'Malaria' is the largest killer in a
region. the application of this technique could provide us with added
years of life resulting from the elimination of Malaria. The present
study is an attempt to examine the gains in life expectancy at birth as
well as for other broad age groups by eliminating specified causes of

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