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New data show countries around the world grappling with changing health challenges
Date:3/4/2013

SEATTLE Alzheimer's disease is the fastest growing threat to health in the US. HIV/AIDS and alcohol are severely eroding the health of Russians. Violence is claiming the lives of young men in large swaths of Latin America, constituting a homicide-driven health crisis. Despite health gains in sub-Saharan Africa, infectious diseases still cause hundreds of thousands of child deaths.

These are just some of the new findings from the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors 2010 Study (GBD 2010), a systemic, scientific effort to quantify the comparative magnitude of health loss by age, sex, and geography over time. GBD 2010 involves nearly 500 researchers around the world, and is led by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. Country-specific findings, including for the United States, will be announced on March 5 at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, by IHME Director Dr. Christopher Murray and Foundation Co-chair and Trustee Bill Gates.

These findings detail health trends for the three Ds: demographics, disease, and disability, for 187 countries. The work, which involves researchers at more than 300 institutions in 50 countries, generated 1 billion estimates for health challenges large and small, and was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The full range of dynamic visualizations of GBD findings for the US and other countries can be found at http://www.healthmetricsandevaluation.org/gbd. Commentaries on the global findings will also be published on March 5 in The Lancet. In addition, IHME is releasing a brief summary of the findings for each country as well as a report on GBD methods and findings called The Global Burden of Disease: Generating Evidence, Guiding Policy.

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Contact: Rhonda Stewart
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Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
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