Non-communicable diseases pose rising threat to poor nationsBMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39265.633738.DB (Published 05 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:15
- John Zarocostas
Cancer, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease: chronic illnesses in rich countries are also going to be the main cause of death in poor developing nations by 2015, a World Bank report has warned.
The report says that 56% of all deaths in poor countries are currently caused by non-communicable diseases (NCD) but adds that they are projected to “increase rapidly” in the years ahead.
Non-communicable diseases, it says, “account for 46 per cent of the disease burden measures in disability adjusted life years in low and middle income countries, and large increases in NCD-related adjusted years are projected for the future.”
The report says that the appropriate policy response is to try to prevent as much of these diseases as possible, through public …