The Global Burden of Disease: Generating Evidence, Guiding Policy – South Asia Regional Edition

Published September 4, 2013

The Global Burden of Disease: Generating Evidence, Guiding PolicySouth Asia Regional Edition presents key changes in the leading causes of premature mortality and disability in South Asia and explores intraregional differences in diseases, injuries, and risk factors. The publication shows that non-communicable diseases are increasingly causing more premature mortality and disability, while the region continues to grapple with high burdens of communicable conditions. Published by the World Bank and IHME, the report is based on the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2010 (GBD 2010), a collaborative effort of researchers from 50 countries around the world led by IHME at the University of Washington.

The report finds that the disease burden from most communicable, newborn, nutritional, and maternal diseases declined over the past two decades, while ischemic heart disease, chronic respiratory diseases, and road injuries are causing more premature death and disability in South Asia than they did 20 years ago. People are living longer in South Asian countries than ever before, and the region has made substantial progress in reducing health risks like childhood underweight, suboptimal breastfeeding, and vitamin deficiencies.


Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Human Development Network, The World Bank. The Global Burden of Disease: Generating Evidence, Guiding Policy – South Asia Regional Edition. Seattle, WA: IHME, 2013.

Supporting documents

Report Overview & Introduction (211KB pdf)
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The GBD approach to tracking health progress and challenges (48KB pdf)
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Rapid Health Transitions GBD 2010 results (6,246KB pdf)
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Using GBD to assess countries' health progress (205KB pdf)
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Conclusion (32KB pdf)
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Annex (383KB pdf)
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Summary (287KB pdf)
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