Spotlight: NCDs — Chronic Respiratory Diseases
Hundreds of millions of people worldwide suffer every day from chronic diseases of the airways and other structures of the lung. Chronic respiratory diseases (ranging from infections like bronchitis and pneumonia to conditions like asthma and COPD) caused more than 4 million deaths in 2012. COPD alone caused more than 3 million deaths that year—6% of all deaths internationally. Furthermore, because of smoke from indoor wood-stoves, millions of people in developing regions die of COPD.
The prevalence of asthma, the most common NCD among children, runs as high as 30% in Brazil and Panama, 20% in Kenya—and rates are rising by 50% every 10 years. Worldwide, the economic costs of asthma are estimated to exceed those of tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS combined.
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WiRED International Receives Grant to Expand Ebola Education Program
Ebola has all but vanished from the news—but not from West Africa. In fact, a situation report from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows a recent uptick in the number of Ebola cases. Now is the time to prepare communities and to establish systems that can be activated if the virus should spread.
To this end Medtronic Philanthropy has awarded a grant to WiRED International to address community preparedness on Ebola. WiRED will produce a package of integrated elements that create and distribute our educational programs on Ebola and assist communities to use them in the global struggle against the disease. Read more »
Spotlight: NCDs — Cardiovascular Disease
During the coming months WiRED International will spotlight noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), which are the primary health threat in the world today. According to the World Health Organization, NCDs claim 16 million lives a year globally.
More than 75% of deaths worldwide are due to NCDs. Their number exceeds that of all deaths from communicable diseases, plus deaths related to maternal and perinatal malnutrition. Our community health education website offers an e-library of more than 350 medical and health information modules, many of which feature NCDs. WiRED International believes that individuals and communities that understand the basics of NCDs can make vast improvements in their health outcomes. Read more »
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