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The top 10 causes of death


Deaths across the globe: an overview

Imagine a diverse international group of 1000 individuals representative of the women, men and children from all over the globe who died in 2012.

Of those 1000 people:

  • 133 would have come from low-income countries, 356 from lower-middle-income countries, 302 from upper-middle-income countries and 209 from high-income countries.
  • 143 would have been children under 15 years of age, 407 adults aged 15-69 years old and 450 adults aged 70 years and older.

What would be the top 10 causes of their deaths?

More than half (514) of these 1000 deaths would have been caused by the following 10 conditions:

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