Global and Regional Causes of Death: Patterns and Trends, 2000 - 15

Authors: Colin Mathers, Gretchen Stevens, Dan Hogan, Wahyu Retno Mahanani, Jessica Ho


Global, regional, and country statistics on population and health indicators are important for assessing development and health progress and for guiding resource allocation. The demand is growing for timely data to monitor progress on life expectancy and age- and cause-specific mortality rates. This is perhaps best reflected in the indicators selected to monitoring progress towards the health-related targets within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will require regular reporting on child mortality, maternal mortality and mortality due to non-communicable diseases, suicide, pollution, road traffic injuries, homicide, natural disasters and conflict.