Chronic diseases and health promotion

Overview - Preventing chronic diseases: a vital investment

Misunderstanding #10

10 widespread misunderstandings about chronic disease
- and the reality

Several misunderstandings have contributed to the neglect of chronic disease. Notions that chronic diseases are a distant threat and are less important and serious than some infectious diseases can be dispelled by the strongest evidence. Ten of the most common misunderstandings are presented in this report.

MISUNDERSTANDING #10: chronic diseases mainly affect high income countries

Whereas the common notion is that chronic diseases mainly affect high income countries, the reality is that four out of five chronic disease deaths are in low and middle income countries.

Projected global distribution of chronic disease deaths by World Bank income group, all ages, 2005