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power illnesses - the foremost factors of untimely grownup deaths in all areas of the realm - were normally overlooked at the overseas well-being and improvement schedule. who's launching a world file on power ailments, for you to current the newest clinical details and make the case for elevated and pressing motion for persistent ailment prevention and regulate. The file will overview the weight of persistent ailments, significant threat components and linked developments. will probably be an authoritative and cutting-edge advisor to potent and possible interventions. the first viewers of the document could be future health planners and decision-makers in addition to stakeholders who can effect multisectoral govt motion.

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14 000 12 000 10 000 8000 6000 4000 2000 0 Low income Upper middle Lower middle High income income income World Bank income group World Communicable diseases, maternal and perinatal conditions, and nutritional deficiencies Chronic diseases Injuries 43 COUNTRY PROFILES Age-standardized death rates per 100 000 DEATHS The main projected causes of death in 2005 are shown for the nine selected countries in the figure below. Chronic disease death rates are higher than those from communicable diseases, maternal and perinatal conditions, and nutritional deficiencies combined, in all countries except the United Republic of Tanzania and, to a lesser extent, Nigeria.

In many ways, we are the heirs of the choices that were made by previous generations: politicians, business leaders, financiers and ordinary people. Future generations will in turn be affected by the decisions that we make today. Each of us has a choice: whether to continue with the status quo, or to take up the challenge and invest now in chronic disease prevention. 29 Without action, an estimated 388 million people will die from chronic diseases in the next 10 years. Many of these deaths will occur prematurely, affecting families, communities and countries.

For example, heart disease death rates have fallen by up to 70% in the last three decades in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. Middle income countries, such as Poland, have also been able to make substantial improvements in recent years. Such BEYOND MISUNDERSTANDINGS: A VISION FOR THE FUTURE THE FUTURE: ND IMPROVING LIVES gains have been realized largely as a result of the implementation of comprehensive and integrated approaches that encompass interventions directed at both the whole population and individuals, and that focus on the common underlying risk factors, cutting across specific diseases.

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