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5th March 2015, 21:27
Interesting item in the DT:

Babies born in the poorest parts of the UK today have worse prospects for a long and healthy life than those born in Rwanda, official figures show.

Worse than Rwanda: life prospects in Britain’s poorest areas - Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/11452079/Worse-than-Rwanda-life-prospects-in-Britains-poorest-areas.html)

Indeed, Rwandan life expectancy does seem to be on the up:

Rwandan life expectancy doubles in last 20 years, study finds.

Rwandan life expectancy doubles in last 20 years, study finds | World news | The Guardian (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/04/rwanda-life-expectancy-doubles-20-years)

Probably helped by the fact that Rwanda relies on foreign aid for over 40% of its budget. If they are now healthier than our own poor, maybe there's a good case for diverting some of that £12 bn foreign aid budget to help our own people.

5th March 2015, 21:52
The stats are for England, the article claims these are UK wide and the article picture is of a house in Glasgow.

I am guessing a Rwandan could see the poor quality of this article.

5th March 2015, 22:00
Given that 20 years ago there was genocide in Rwanda, I'd hope that life expectancy has doubled.