These interesting figures from the World Health Organization (WHO) show that heart disease, stroke and respiratory infections are still top killers in the world. Also sadly, not much change from the percentages of deaths for HIV/AIDS.
The percentages for deaths from diabetes and road traffic accidents have also increased and whilst TB figures have decreased slightly it still killed one million people in 2011. TB is preventable with the vaccination and could be wiped out if it was available to all world wide. http://www.vaccinestoday.eu/diseases/tb-return-of-a-preventable-disease/
Many of these illnesses can be prevented with the right treatment and education.
From an Occupational Therapy perspective, there is much scope in this profession to promote and educate on well being in the community rather than just treatment and re rehabilitation.
Please visit WHO for more information about these facts and figures by clicking on the picture or this link http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs310/en/index.html
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