15 December 2012

Zambia: First Lady Spells Out Health Study Benefits

FIRST Lady Christine Kaseba has told an international conference on Global Health Burden that Zambia will greatly benefit from the results of a recent study that describes and locates patterns of disease globally.

Dr Kaseba was speaking in London yesterday at the Carlton House Terrace's Royal Society during a conference discussing the results of the study.

The study dubbed 'Rapid Health Transitions-Findings and Implications of the Global Burden of Disease 2010' was jointly conducted by Lancet, a London-based health research group, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) and Washington University.

Dr Kaseba said specific data on Zambia would help the country address the challenges highlighted on the one hand and strenthen positive areas on the other.

This was contained in a statement released by Press Secretary at the Zambia High Commission in the United Kingdom (UK) Amos Chanda.

The First Lady was accompanied to the conference by Zambia's High Commission to the UK, Bizwayo Nkunika.

Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 (GBD 2010) is the largest ever systematic effort to describe the global distribution and causes of a wide array of major diseases, injuries, and health risk factors.

The results show that infectious diseases, maternal and child illness, and malnutrition caused fewer deaths and less illness than they did 20 years ago.

According to the report, fewer children die annually, but more young and middle-aged adults are dying and living with disease and injury.

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