Chronic disease burden growing in Arab world

However, non-communicable disease including diabetes, heart disease and chronic kidney disease are rising, and depression and anxiety have become much more common.

The response from governments in the Arab world to this new disease burden has been “weak”, according to the authors from the Middle East and North Africa.

Researchers found no association between democracy and improved health indicators but noted reduced corruption and more effective government may be linked to reductions in mortality.

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