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According to the data, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are a significant public health challenge in Uganda. In 2019, the leading NCDs in terms of disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) were cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes. Specifically, the number of people living with cardiovascular diseases was 1,218,000, cancer was 585,000, chronic respiratory diseases were 567,000, and diabetes was 335,000.
The data shows that disability is a significant issue in Uganda. In 2019, there were 2,716,000 people living with disabilities, representing 6.3% of the population. The most common types of disability were hearing loss (808,000), vision loss (692,000), and mobility limitations (671,000). Disability intersects with other social determinants of health, such as poverty, education, and employment, creating a vicious cycle that perpetuates inequality and marginalization.
Road Safety Injuries:
Road safety injuries are a significant public health concern in Uganda. In 2019, there were an estimated 3,657 deaths due to road injuries, representing a rate of 14.2 deaths per 100,000 population. This is significantly higher than the global average of 18.2 deaths per 100,000 population. Moreover, there were an estimated 177,000 new cases of non-fatal road injuries in 2019. Road safety injuries not only result in loss of life and disability but also impose a significant economic burden on individuals, families, and society.