World Health Statistics 2017: Monitoring health for the SDGs

Published every year since 2005, the World Health Statistics, one of WHO's annual flagship publication is the definite source of information on the health of the world's people. Public can use it to find the latest health statistics at global, regional, and country levels.

It complies data from the organization's 194 Member States on 21 health related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets with 35 indicators. 27 million out of an estimated 56 million deaths globally are now recorded with a cause, according to the World Health Statistics 2017. That's an improvement over the approximate one third of deaths recorded with a cause of 2005, and reflects efforts to track progress towards the SDGs.

It contains data on a range of mortality, disease, and health system indicators, including life expectancy, illness and death from key diseases, health services and treatments, financial investment in health, and risk factors and behaviours that affect health. The report includes new data on progress towards universal health coverage, showing improvement since 2000 in 10 measures of essential health service coverage-including HIV treatment and bed net use. However, gains in routine child immunization coverage slowed slightly between 2010 and 2015. This edition also includes, for the first time, success stories from several countries that are making progress towards the health-related SDG targets.


SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

  • Target 3.1: By 2030, reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births
  • Target 3.2: By 2030, end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age, with all countries aiming to reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1000 live births and under-5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1000 live births
  • Target 3.3: By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases
  • Target 3.4: By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from noncommunicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being.
  • Target 3.5: Strengthen prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol
  • The Target 3.6: By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents
  • Target 3.7: By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes.
  • Target 3.8: Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.
  • Target 3.9: By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination.

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