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WHO maps noncommunicable disease trends in all countries

A new World Health Organization report has information about noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, diabetes, cancers or respiratory disease in 193 countries. They are the top cause of death worldwide, killing more than 36 million people in 2008.

Adults in poorer countries are around three times more likely to die of NCDs before the age of sixty than in high-income countries.

The report also shows:

  • what proportion of each country’s deaths are due these diseases
  • what each country is doing to tackle NCDs
  • what countries need to do to prevent and tackle NCDs

Read the WHO press release, 14 Sep 2011
Read the WHO global report Noncommunicable diseases country profiles 2011
Read the New Zealand section of the WHO global report (PDF)

Published on September 14, 2011 in International news,Trends