Students Speak: what’s the biggest health crisis facing the world?

With type 2 diabetes on the rise, should poorer countries refocus on treating lifestyle diseases? Or do we need to end Aids, TB and malaria first?

Health campaigners are warning of a growing diabetes epidemic in developing countries, as poor nutrition and obesity rates climb.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has dedicated World Health Day on 7 April to raising awareness of the “staggering burden” in low- and middle-income countries of the rise in type 2 diabetes. The disease caused approximately 1.5 million deaths in 2012, with more than 80% in low- and middle-income countries. The WHO projects that diabetes will be the seventh leading cause of death by 2030.

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