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2011 in review: key health issues

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Combating noncommunicable diseases

Thirty-six million people die each year from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) like heart disease and stroke, diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. Many of those deaths occur in people under 60 years old, with 90 per cent of all premature NCD deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries. To coincide with the United Nations High-level meeting on NCDs, WHO mapped the situation country-by-country and provided a study of low-cost solutions that low-income countries can implement.

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