Chronic diseases and health promotion

Part Two. The urgent need for action

Chapter One. Chronic diseases: causes and health impact


The regional situation. Burden

Chronic diseases are the leading cause of the burden of disease in all regions except Africa; HIV/AIDS is a major contributor in Africa (see figure below).

Projected main causes of the burden of disease (DALYs)
by WHO region, all ages, 2005, MALES:
Projected main causes of the burden of disease (DALYs)
by WHO region, all ages, 2005, FEMALES:
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