Causes of death: Ischaemic heart disease, stroke, chronic obstructive lung disease and lower respiratory infections have remained the top killers during the past decade. Chronic diseases cause increasing numbers of deaths worldwide.
70 yearsis the average life expectancy at birth of the global population in 2012Life expectancy at birth
74%of child deaths occur in Africa and South-East AsiaUnder-five mortality
Disability-adjusted life years (DALYs)
13%of DALYs in high-income countries in 2012 were caused by mental disordersDALY rates, by WHO region
The Global Health Observatory theme pages provide data and analyses on global health priorities. Each theme page provides information on global situation and trends highlights, using core indicators, database views, major publications and links to relevant web pages on the theme.