More than 2 billion people are sick at any one time around the world and many of the diseases they suffer from can be easily prevented, the World Health Organization reported Monday.
The U.N. agency released its "World Health Report 1995 - Bridging the Gaps," its first annual survey of global health."For many millions of people for whom survival is a daily battle, the prospect of a longer life may seem more like a punishment than a prize," said WHO Director General Hiroshi Nakajima.
The deadliest disease in the world, the report said, is ischemic heart disease, or blood flow obstruction, which killed 4.3 million people in 1993. In the second spot are "acute lower respiratory infections, mainly pneumonia, in children under 5, which killed 4.1 million," the report said.