The World's Women 2010: Trends and Statistics


Chapter 2 - Health

Key findings

Women live longer than men in all regions.
Two out of every five deaths of both women and men in Africa are still caused by infectious and parasitic diseases.
Women are more likely than men to die from cardiovascular diseases, especially in Europe.
Breast cancer among women and lung cancer among men top the list of new cancer cases globally.
Women constitute the majority of HIV-positive adults in sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and the Middle East.
The vast majority of the over half a million maternal deaths in 2005 occurred in developing countries.
The proportion of pregnant women receiving prenatal care is on the rise in many regions.
Despite intensified efforts for reduction, Africa remains the region with the highest child mortality.
Data reveal no significant disparity in the proportion of underweight girls and boys.

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Source: Macro International, MEASURE DHS STATcompiler (2009).

Source: International Obesity Task Force, Global Prevalence of Adult Obesity (2009).