Chronic diseases and their impact on the economy - BIZ/Healthcare 11 June 2019

Chronic diseases and their impact on the economy - BIZ/Healthcare 11 June 2019

Chronic diseases and their impact on the economy

By 2030, the proportion of total global deaths due to chronic lifestyle diseases - such as diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity - is expected to increase to 70% and the global burden of disease to 56%.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Africa will have the world’s largest increase in NCD deaths over the next decade.

These diseases not only place a considerable economic burden on health services, also driving up the cost of life-saving medication, but negatively impact the country’s economic growth prospects.

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