How Lives Were Lost: 2000–2019

People are living longer but with more disabilities, according to the latest numbers published today in the WHO’s 2019 Global Health Estimates.
 
From 2000–2019:

  • Noncommunicable diseases came to dominate the top 10 causes of death worldwide, usurping communicable diseases, VOA reports

  • Life expectancy rose from 67 to 73—but on average only 5 of those years were lived in good health.

  • Heart disease remained the top killer globally—but now it’s killing more people than ever, WHO reports.

  • Diabetes and dementia entered the top 10.

 
But: While NCDs usurped communicable diseases overall, their toll remains stubborn in low- and middle-income countries.  

  • HIV/AIDS dropped from the 8th leading cause of death to the 19th—but it’s still in 4th place in Africa.

  • In LMICs, malaria, TB, and HIV/AIDS remain in the top 10.
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