Face to face with chronic disease
The disease profile of the world is rapidly evolving. This is especially true in low and middle income countries where chronic diseases are creating a double burden on top of infectious diseases. As these stories will show, even least developed countries are not immune to the growing epidemics of heart disease, stroke, cancer and other chronic diseases.
Contrary to common belief, these diseases do not only affect men in high income countries: 80% of chronic disease deaths now occur in low and middle income countries and they affect men and women almost equally. Another unfortunate reality is that chronic diseases account for 60% of all deaths – corresponding to a projected 36.65 million deaths worldwide in 2007.
This series of stories is about people living with chronic diseases and common underlying risks. In a world where more and more people are dying as a result of chronic diseases, and many more millions are disabled, these stories aim to demonstrate the deep and personal impact of chronic diseases on individuals and their families.