Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Facts on the "hidden" epidemics of the developing world: road deaths, alcohol, and non-communicable diseases

This article from Oliver Balch in the Guardian is chock-full of interesting (and depressing) facts and thoughts:
  • "Accidents on the road are expected to become the biggest killer of children between five and 15 by 2015, outstripping malaria and Aids."
  • "Road traffic deaths in sub-Saharan Africa are predicted to rise by 80% by 2020, according to a World Bank report."
  • "An estimated 24.1 people per 100,000 are killed in traffic accidents every year, according to the bank." 
  • "Though seven in 10 adults abstain from drinking alcohol in sub-Saharan Africa, those who do have the highest prevalence of heavy episodic drinking globally." 
  • "A study of police reports in Nigeria between 1996 and 2000 found that half of all car crashes involved drink-driving."
  • "Between 2001 and 2008, funding for cancer, heart disease and diabetes in developing countries grew sixfold... Even so, programmes to combat NCDs comprise less than 3% of global development assistance."

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