Health Desk- 10 Dec 2020: Non-communicable diseases now make up 7 of the world’s top 10 causes of death, according to WHO’s 2019 Global Health Estimates, published Wednesday. This is an increase from 4 of the 10 leading causes in 2000. The new data cover the period from 2000 to 2019 inclusive.
The estimates reveal trends over the last 2 decades in mortality and morbidity caused by diseases and injuries. They clearly highlight the need for an intensified global focus on preventing and treating cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases, as well as tackling injuries, in all regions of the world, as set out in the agenda for the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Director-General of WHO Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, ‘’These new estimates are another reminder that we need to rapidly step up prevention, diagnosis and treatment of noncommunicable diseases”.
Heart disease has remained the leading cause of death at the global level for the last 20 years. However, it is now killing more people than ever before.