10 facts on the state of global health

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Around 7 million children under the age of five die each year

Almost all of these children could survive with access to simple and affordable interventions. WHO is working with governments and partners worldwide to deliver integrated, effective care and strengthen health systems, both of which are crucial to reduce child deaths.

Cardiovascular diseases are the leading causes of death in the world

Cardiovascular diseases are diseases of the heart and blood vessels that can cause heart attacks and stroke. At least 80% of premature deaths from cardiovascular heart disease and strokes could be prevented through a healthy diet, regular physical activity and avoiding the use of tobacco.

Source: World Health Organization (link opens in a new window)

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