(Agence France-Presse) — Fewer children are dying before their fifth birthday and although humans are living longer than ever before, one in five deaths last year were linked to poor diet, researchers said Friday.
More than 1.6 million people in poor countries died in 2016 from diarrhoea caused by contaminated water and food, while another 2.4 million succumbed to lung infections that mostly could have been prevented or treated.
Another two million mothers and newborns perished due to complications at birth that rudimentary health care could have largely avoided.
AIDS and tuberculosis each claimed more than a million lives, while malaria killed over 700,000 people, according to half-a-dozen studies published jointly in The Lancet, a leading medical journal.
But trend lines have declined over the last decade for these communicable diseases.The same cannot be said for viral hepatitis, which killed 1.34 million people in 2016 — 22
The same cannot be said for viral hepatitis, which killed 1.34 million people in 2016 — 22 percent more than in 2000, according to the World Health Organization.
“Hepatitis deaths can be avoided,” said Raquel Peck, CEO of World Hepatitis Alliance, pointing out that no global facility exists to combat the disease and that most sufferers don’t even know they have it.”
“Globally, only five percent of people living with viral hepatitis are aware of their condition.” (…)see full story