The top 10 causes of death
Deaths across the globe: an overview
Imagine a diverse international group of 1000 individuals representative of the women, men and children from all over the globe who died in 2008. Of those 1000 people, 159 would have come from high-income countries, 677 from middle-income countries and 163 from low-income countries.
What would be the top 10 causes of their deaths?
Note: In this fact sheet, we use low-, middle- and high-income categories as defined by the World Bank. Countries are grouped based on their 2009 gross national income. See World health statistics 2011 for more information.