Chronic Diseases

Chronic diseases, including cancers, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and asthma, represent a rising health burden in developing countries. Of the 36 million annual chronic disease deaths, 80 percent occur in low- and middle-income countries. Eight million of these deaths are preventable through changes in lifestyle and access to quality, affordable health services, including access to medicines. Left unchecked, chronic diseases will be the leading cause of disability by 2030 and will lead to lost economic productivity and higher health care costs.

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