Cause of death: poverty

Published: Monday 31 August 1998

-- Death and disease are closely linked to economic well-being. The greatest number of people in sub-Saharan Africa or India die due to communicable diseases, which have close associations with poverty and lack of health care. Communicable diseases do not kill so many in the developed parts of the world, such as Europe or North America. These are the findings of a 1996 study, The Global Burden of Disease (GBD), by researchers at the World Health Organisation and Harvard University, USA. The GBD study provides estimates for death and disease for 1990 in different regions of the world.

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