One of the biggest contributors to preventable deaths isn’t a health problem but a record-keeping problem — and it is one that can be solved. According to WHO, nearly two-thirds of all deaths — 38 million each year — go unreported. Millions more deaths lack a documented cause. Many countries do not have complete birth records, while others lack reliable date about risk factors associated with poor health and non-communicable disease — for instance, rates of tobacco use or access to nutritious food.
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