Rosalie F. Tayurang
Chronic diseases are the major causes of deaths and disabilities worldwide. These diseases had take over 35 million people in 2005, including many young people and those in the middle age. The total number of people dying from chronic diseases is double that of all infectious diseases (including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria), maternal and perinatal conditions, and nutritional deficiencies combined. Around 80% of chronic disease deaths occur in low and middle income countries and half are in women. Without action to address the causes, deaths from chronic disease will increase by 17% between 2005 and 2015.