Heart diseases, Cancer are major causes of death globally


According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), a research center at the University of Washington in the United States that specializes in impact evaluation and global health statistics, heart conditions account for 33% of fatalities worldwide.

Next on the list of noncommunicable diseases that claim lives worldwide, after heart disease, is cancer (18%), according to the IHME Global Burden of Disease and Global Terrorism Database.

Overall, noncommunicable diseases account for 7.4% of fatalities worldwide. These include chronic respiratory diseases (7%), digestive diseases (4.5%), neurological diseases (3.9%), diabetes (2.7%), and other diseases.

According to the World of Statistics on Monday, 14% of deaths worldwide are attributable to infectious diseases, using data from the IHME Global Burden of Disease and Global Terrorism Database.

HIV/AIDS (1.5%), malaria (1.1%), tuberculosis (2%), diarrheal illnesses (2.7%), pneumonia (4.4%), and other infectious diseases account for 2.1% of the total.

Seven of the top ten causes of mortality worldwide in 2019 were noncommunicable diseases, according to the World Health Organization, which attested to the study.

The World Health Organisation attesting to the report said, “At a global level, 7 of the 10 leading causes of deaths in 2019 were noncommunicable diseases. 

“These seven causes accounted for 44% of all deaths or 80% of the top 10. However, all noncommunicable diseases together accounted for 74% of deaths globally in 2019.”

WHO said, “The world’s biggest killer is ischaemic heart disease, responsible for 16% of the world’s total deaths. 

“Since 2000, the largest increase in deaths has been for this disease, rising by more than 2 million to 8.9 million deaths in 2019.

“Stroke and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are the 2nd and 3rd leading causes of death, responsible for approximately 11% and 6% of total deaths respectively.”

Other causes of death include war (0.2%), terrorism (0.05%), suicides (1.3%), homicides (0.7%), transport accidents (2.3%), maternity (0.4%), nutritional inadequacies (0.4%), and other causes.

Alex Obichie
Alex Obichie
Alex Obichie is an Ardent Sustainability Enthusiast, advocate for the Waste-2-Wealth Initiative, and Ingenious Politician, he uses articles to promote and sensitize the public about matters surrounding the environment, political systems and ways to benefit & support sustsinable global development.

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