More than 95% of the world's population is ill, with just one in twenty staying healthy during a year. What's more, a third of those who fall sick have had more than five chronic or acute illnesses. This new analysis is based on the 2013 ‘Global Burden of Disease Study’ (published in The Lancet), which examined and evaluated chronic and acute disease and injury across 188 countries from 1990 to 2013.
But what are we sick with?
63% of all deaths worldwide currently stem from NCDs (non-communicable or long-lasting diseases) – chiefly cardiovascular and chronic respiratory diseases, cancers and diabetes. The economic burden of life lost because of NCDs will double from 2010 to 2030, from US$6.7 to US$43.4 trillion in 2030. Mental illness and cardiovascular diseases are the largest problems.
The ‘World Day of the Sick’ is a feast day of the Roman Catholic Church, which was instituted by Pope John Paul II. Beginning on February 11, 1993, it is celebrated every year.
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