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Commentary on Global Disease Burden Study 2010

The Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 (GBD 2010) is the largest ever systematic effort to describe the global distribution and causes of a wide array of major diseases, injuries, and health risk factors. According to this study, people around the world is living 10 more years than they used to do since 1970, however this extended life years are not healthy. People spend more years living with injury and illness. Keeping a pace with the global epidemiological transition, infectious diseases, maternal and child illness, and malnutrition now cause fewer deaths and less illness than they did twenty years ago. So, we have fewer child and maternal death, however, younger and people from productive age are dying and suffering from NCDs and injury. Bangladesh – a participating country of the study – is also facing similar kind of health challenges. The GBD shows that people from Bangladesh lives around 70 years but their "healthy life expectancy" is less than 60 years – which means they live more than 10 years with disability. This poses a serious public health threat to the nation because the health system and the service delivery provision is not yet ready to fight back double burden of diseases. Therefore, this is high time to combat against the ailment of NCDs. As a developing nation we have to look out preventive measures and have to work on risk factors for developing NCDs.

Prof. Dr. A.K.M Rafique Uddin, President, NCD-F

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