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Geneva (dpa) - Heart diseasese, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis were among the leading causes of death in developing countries in 2002, according to the World Health Report 2003, published Thursday by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The report "Shaping the Future" shows that gaps in the health care situation between richer and poorer countries are growing.

It also details how international measures can help health care systems which suffer from lack of funds, health professionals, information and insufficient government action aimed at improving the health of the poor.

Copyright 2003 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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