Cancer kills more people in low- and middle-income countries than HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. We know that all seven billion of us maybe will be affected in some way by at least one of these issues.
Mental health and well-being are fundamental to our collective and individual ability as humans to think, emote, interact with each other, earn a living, and enjoy life. Child mortality, AIDS and maternal mortality are the dominating global health issues. But what about depression, dementia, substance abuse, and other mental health challenges that affect high- and low-income countries alike?
Results from the largest cancer study ever published, show that cancer kills more people in low- and middle-income countries than HIV, malaria and tuberculosis combined. The reason that some countries lag behind is not surprising; it’s a matter of how much is invested in cancer care. Cancer and other noncommunicable diseases won’t get all the attention and resources they deserve because of all the new issues that come in. But they will continue to be a growing challenge for us all.
AIDS: An end in sight or a reversion?
If in the world does not rapidly scale up in the next five years, the epidemic is likely to spring back with a higher rate of new HIV infections than today. That’s partly because of the 35 million people who live with HIV today don’t even know they are HIV-positive, so they don’t know they are in danger of passing the virus to others.