Global Burden of Disease regional comparison of Years of Life Lost between 1990 and 2010

The Global Burden of Disease, a comparison by region of Years of Life Lost (YLLs) by cause between 1990 and 2010.

Disparities apparent at a quick glance:

1. The dark black bar for the Caribbean in 2010 primarily represents the lives lost due to the earthquake in Haiti.

2. The taller yellow bar for Southern sub-Saharan Africa in 2010 is due to the much greater toll of HIV-AIDS. Note that the years of life lost due to diarrhea, lower respiratory infections in 1990 across sub-Saharan Africa was just slightly higher than in Asia and parts of Latin America.Twenty years later, this burden has been greatly reduced in Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America while remaining fairly high for much of Africa.

3. Note the light green and maroon color bars, which represent diabetes, urogenital, blood & endocrine disorders and cancer respectively. Both appear to consume a greater area of the chart in 2010, indicating an increase in YLLs due to these causes.



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