Global Health Observatory (GHO)

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.

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Life expectancy

70 yearsis the average life expectancy at birth of the global population in 2012

Life expectancy at birth


74%of child deaths occur in Africa and South-East Asia

Under-five mortality

Disability-adjusted life years (DALYs)

13%of DALYs in high-income countries in 2012 were caused by mental disorders

DALY rates, by WHO region

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