In 2012, an estimated 56 million people died worldwide. Ischaemic heart disease, stroke, lower respiratory infections and chronic obstructive lung disease have remained the top major killers during the past decade. But… Why is this important?
Measuring how many people die each year and why they died is one of the most important means for assessing the effectiveness of a country’s healthcare system.
Cause-of-death statistics help health authorities determine their focus for public healthcare actions. Here are the top ten causes of death between 2010 and 2012:
1 – Ischaemic heart disease
2 – Stroke
3 – COPD – Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
4 – Lower Respiratory Infections
5 – Trachea Bronchus, Lung Cancers
6 – HIV/AIDS
7 – Diarrheal Diseases
8 – Diabetes Mellitus
9 – Road Injury
10 – Hypertensive Heart Disease
Helen Helena dos Santos is a Healthcare professional who does her best to help other people have a better health. Access: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs310/en/ and http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs310/en/index4.html to learn more about public health care.