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Non-communicable diseases pose rising threat to poor nations

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 05 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:15
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. Geneva

    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 …

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