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2009 in review: key health issues

Woman draws water from a small well in a shantytown, Nepal
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Tackling global health risks prevents premature deaths

The Global health risks report estimates that global life expectancy could be increased by nearly five years by addressing five factors:

  • childhood underweight
  • unsafe sex
  • alcohol use
  • lack of safe water, sanitation and hygiene
  • high blood pressure.

Published in October, the report estimates the effects of 24 risks to health on deaths, diseases and injuries.

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