May 21, 2008
In its recently released "World Health Statistics 2008," the World Health Organization said deaths from noncommunicable diseases and traffic accidents are set to soar in the next 20 years as the developing world's populations becomes wealthier and live longer. Mortality rates from heart disease, cancer, and road crashes will make up 30 percent of deaths worldwide by 2030, WHO said. Meanwhile, deaths from factors currently associated with the developing world -- HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria and malnutrition -- will fall. However, for HIV/AIDS, deaths are expected to rise from 2.2 million this year to a maximum of 2.4 million in 2012 before declining to 1.2 million in 2030.