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Introduction

  • Sujata K. Bhatia
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Abstract

One of the most important means for gauging the effectiveness of the global healthcare system, as well as the biomedical research enterprise, is to measure how many people die each year and track the causes of death. Such numbers provide a meaningful, concrete basis for guiding not only public health actions but also biomedical science and technology development. In late 2008, the World Health Organization (WHO) published the most recent update to its Global Burden of Disease study, which gives the leading causes of death for the year 2004 (World Health Organization 2008). Prepared by the WHO Department of Health Statistics and Informatics, the study presents comprehensive, comparable, and internally consistent estimates of mortality and burden of disease by cause for all regions of the world. The data are further classified by age, sex, and region. These figures are critical for improving health and reducing preventable deaths in both the developing and the developed world.

Keywords

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Lower Respiratory Infection Global Burden Diarrheal Disease Road Traffic Accident 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Central Research and Development, DuPont CompanyWilmingtonUSA

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