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Healthy Caribbean Coalition - Non-Communicable Chronic Diseases In Latin America and the Caribbean

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Non-Communicable Chronic Diseases In Latin America and the Caribbean

The data presented in this report will be analyzed using several different indicators to provide information on the burden of disease associated with non-communicable chronic diseases (NCDs). Each indicator measures a different aspect of burden of disease.

The indicators as well as their significance to the analysis are described below.

Life Expectancy At Birth - Life expectancy is perhaps the most familiar burden of disease measure. Life expectancy at birth measures the number of years a person born in the current year is expected to live on average. There are often differences between the life expectancy for men and for women. Countries differ substantially in their life expectancy at birth, and many international aid agencies use this measure to help define the health of the population. A problem with life expectancy as a measure of burden of disease is that many things in addition to medical care can influence life expectancy, such as income.

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