Global: NCDs make up two-thirds of global deaths
Noncommunicable diseases - such as heart disease stroke, and cancer - are responsible for two-thirds of all deaths globally each year, according to the WHO's recently released report, World Health Statistics 2011. The report also demonstrates the need to control NCD risk factors - around 40% of men and 9% of women use tobacco, and around 13% of adults are obese. The country-level disparities in health spending are equally somber: the per capita health expenditure in low-income countries is around US$32 whereas it's around US$4590 in high-income countries. Compared to low-income countries, high-income countries have around 10 times more doctors and 12 times more nurses and midwives. NCD Alliance.
Date Posted: 17 May 2011