What is the number one killer in the world?
It depends on what world you’re living in.
The American Heart Association claims heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S., killing seven million yearly.
Cancer kills more in England and Wales than heart disease, according to the BBC.
AIDS is the number one killer in South Africa. Nearly a third of the population are said to have HIV or AIDS.
WHO estimates 1.3 million yearly are killed by malaria. All of my family members have had malaria, and we survived, but we were wealthy enough (even as missionaries!) to buy necessary drugs. We prayed a lot but I want to be both honest and faithful with what “saved” us–was it prayer, the drugs, or both?
Now for the kicker. What is the number one killer in the world?
Common diarrhoeal diseases. 1.8 million people die every year from diarrhoeal diseases (including cholera); 90 percent are children under five years old, mostly in developing countries, according to WHO.
In the coming days, I’ll talk about what can and is being done about it, including a new proposal I’m planning to make to an oil company.