Zimstats Predicts Spike In Elderly Mortality Rates

Written by on July 9, 2024

The national statistics agency ZIMSTAT has reported a concerning rise in mortality rates among the elderly, aged 55 and over.

The agency’s analysis found that non-communicable diseases are the main drivers behind this trend. ZIMSTAT has warned it could worsen over the next 20 years without intervention.

Accurate mortality data is crucial for population projections. ZIMSTAT noted a shift, with more deaths now occurring in the elderly age group.

While child and infant mortality is expected to decrease by 30%, adult mortality is only projected to drop 10% as high-risk behaviors like substance abuse remain persistent challenges.

ZIMSTAT has stressed the need to address the growing prevalence of non-communicable diseases and support Zimbabwe’s aging population.

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