Top 10 Causes of Death in the Philippines

8. Kidney Disease

Like lung diseases, kidney diseases can co-occur making the individual more vulnerable to early death. Some of these kidney diseases are Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), Anemia in CKD, hypertension, and CKD, and a lot more. Basically, a kidney disease is a condition where kidneys are severely damaged which will disable it from filtering the blood. Most often than not, kidney diseases are cured through a dialysis, but on severe cases, a kidney transplant becomes the only option. In the Philippines, 120 people per million Filipinos per year suffer from severe kidney failure. And on 2013, there is an estimate of 23,000 Filipinos undergoing dialysis due to kidney failure. Having said this statistic, kidney disease accounts for 3.04% of total deaths in the country, a figure equivalent to 15,873 deaths.

9. Violence

The one and only cause of death which is external to an individual’s physiological system is violence. According to the Department of Health, they have used this category as an umbrella term to include: road traffic injuries, interpersonal violence including bullying, torture, and violence against women and children, falls, occupational and work-related injuries, burns and firework-related injuries, drowning, poisoning and drug toxicity, animal bites and stings, self-harm/suicide, and, sports and recreational injuries. These causes account for 3.02% of the total death rate in the Philippines or about 15,761 deaths a year.

10. Asthma

Asthma is the 10th leading cause of death in the Philippines. Although it is basically included under the ‘lung diseases’ category, asthma has a high prevalence rate that accounted for its inclusion on this list. Asthma has a 12% prevalence rate among children and 17-22% prevalence in older age groups, according to a health study conducted by  Philippine College of Chest Physicians. Basically, asthma is a condition marked by spasms in the bronchi of the lungs making the individual feel difficulty in breathing. In the Philippines, it has caused 2.37 % of the total deaths, a figure equal to 12,342 deaths, according to World Life Expectancy.