Top 10 Causes of Death Across The Globe

When illness strikes, it is an expensive affair, especially for people who are living in developing countries where, even accessing clean drinking water and sanitation is a daily struggle. For those who live in the developed world, medicine and healthcare are relatively accessible to countries like USA investing over $1 trillion in medicine and around $16,000 in health insurance. According to the World Health Organization then, what are the main causes of death in both the developed and developing countries.

Here are top 10 leading causes of death in the world

10. Prematurity


It causes around 1.2 million deaths every year and with the US alone spending $26 billion shillings per year to curb it.  The World Health Organization reports that, over 15 million babies are born prematurely every year, that is, before they reach week 37. Out of these, over a million of them die due to complications associated with preterm birth. Babies born prematurely in developing countries are 10 times more prone to death than the developed world.

9. Road Carnage

Road Carnage

According to WHO, 1.3 million deaths are caused annually through accidents on the road. In today’s world, there are over 1 billion cars on the roads and almost 3400 people are killed daily and with millions others injured or disabled permanently due to this road accident. 91% of these deaths occur in low and middle countries.

8. Respiratory Cancer

Respiratory Cancer

Globally, 1.5 million people die from respiratory cancer. About $180 billion of the global economy is used to tame them. Lung cancer is the number one cause of respiratory cancer in the USA and costs its economy $12.1  billion yearly



Every year, at least 1.6 million people die globally due to HIV/AIDS related complications. This costs the global economy approximately $29.7 billion annually for preferred antiretroviral therapy.

6. Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer

It causes around 1.6 million deaths yearly with cigarette smoking being the number one cause of lung cancer, thus it is pretty much easy to tame this disease.

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