It seems that no matter how many gains are made in today’s society, health needs around the world remain unfulfilled and unresolved. The issue of providing healthcare for citizens continues to be at the center of many debates. Who should be held responsible? Are the funds earmarked for healthcare appropriated to achieve maximum benefit? The list of questions continues to grow as the medically underserved populations worsens. This must-see interactive infographic presented by TopRNtoBSN.com, takes an in-depth look at the causes of death and number of deaths from around the world.
If you did not know already, Ischaemic Heart Disease was the number cause of deaths worldwide in 2012, killing 7,250,000 people or 12.8% of the population. This disease reduces blood supply to the heart and in most cases is caused by atherosclerosis, the hardening of arteries from plaque buildup. Yet, a closer break down of the data reveals top causes for deaths differ drastically geographically.
A low income country, not to be confused with a third-world country, is one in which the annual gross national product (GDP) per capita is equivalent to $745 or less in 2003. As you may assume, the top causes of deaths in low income countries different from those in high income countries. Of the 10 causes listed for low income countries: lower respiratory infections, diarrhoeal diseases, and HIV/AIDS rank in the top 3. Lower respiratory infections claims spot number 1 also claiming 1,050,000 lives in 2012. This interactive infographic brings you these and other distressing health statistics from around the world. It’s time to stop questioning and start acting. Let’s start working together to make a difference.