Global Health Trends.

  • Every year, there are newly emerging pandemic threats. 

  • Environmental Factors. Storms, flooding, droughts, and air pollution make it easier for diseases to spread across large groups of people. 

  • Despite relentless progress in the field of medicine, communities across the world still lack access to basic health education and health care. This results in health disparities, such as high infant mortality rates, which are often related to geography. 

  • Heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and other noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) account for 70 percent of all deaths worldwide, according to the WHO.

  • Worldwide, an estimated 19.3 million new cancer cases (18.1 million excluding nonmelanoma skin cancer) and almost 10.0 million cancer deaths (9.9 million excluding nonmelanoma skin cancer) occurred in 2020.

  • The number of people with diabetes rose from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014.

  • Worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975. In 2016, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight. Of these over 650 million were obese.