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Finding and Using Health Statistics


World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO) is an agency within the United Nations. They provide leadership on global health issues.  WHO collects and compiles a wide range of data used to monitor and assess health trends worldwide. For example,

  • The Global Health Observatory Data Repository contains a list of indicators on priority health topics, including morbidity and mortality estimates, child health and nutrition, immunization, health systems, environmental health, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, and others.
  • The World Health Statistics Report, a yearly publication of the WHO, presents the most recent health statistics of its 194 Member States. It provides detailed charts, tables, and figures on nine areas:
    • life expectancy and mortality
    • cause-specific mortality and morbidity
    • selected infectious diseases
    • health service coverage
    • risk factors
    • health systems
    • health expenditures
    • health inequities
    • demographic and socioeconomic statistics



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